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Munich Starkbierfest

History of Starkbier Festival

By billpetro / March 13, 2020 /

HISTORY OF STARKBIER FESTIVAL March 13 begins the Starkbierfest. The heart of this festival is in Munich, Germany, specifically at Paulaner am Nockherberg Brewery, where it all began, and lasts about two weeks. It is unlike its more well-known sibling Oktoberfest in a few ways. Little Known Outside of Germany and Munich in particular, it’s not widely known, except…

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Reek Sunday

History of Reek Sunday: the Legend of St Patrick Driving the Snakes from Ireland

By billpetro / July 24, 2020 /

HISTORY OF REEK SUNDAY Several years ago at this time of the Summer, on one of my teaching trips to Ireland, I found myself on the west coast, where they have a saying, “Ahh… west o’ here, the next parish over is Boston.“ This Sunday, the last one in July every year, marks Reek Sunday,…

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Ides of March

History of the Ides of March: Who should Beware?

By billpetro / March 15, 2021 /

HISTORY OF THE IDES OF MARCH According to the ancient Roman calendar, the ides fell on the 13th of the month with the exception of the months March, May, July, and October, when it fell on the 15th of the month. Something epochal occurred in 44 B.C. Et tu, Brute? It was on March 15,…

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History of Holocaust Remembrance Day

History of Holocaust Remembrance Day

By billpetro / April 8, 2021 /

History of Holocaust Remembrance Day Today, April 8, is Holocaust Remembrance Day. It is a part of Holocaust Days of Remembrance, established by the U.S. Congress as the nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust. The U.S. Army remembers the six million Jewish and millions of other victims of the Holocaust and honors the survivors’ resilience. In…

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