Sunday, July 23, 2006

Also in Utah on July 24th...



It is Mormon Day! Ok, it is really known as Pioneer Day, but among the Gentile (non-Mormon) population of Utah we call it Mormon Day. (A Monsignor friend of mine calls it "The Day the Earth Was Created.") It commemorates the day in 1847 when Mormon pioneers, headed by Brigham Young (left) entered the Salt Lake Valley. The faithful celebrate it by not working, a very large parade in Salt Lake, and fireworks. I will celebrate it by saying Mass, blessing a new parishoner's house, and drinking beer in the evening.
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