Anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne 2018

Christianity, which is the most followed religion in the world, has a huge history of battles among those of highest orders. Two main sects in this religion are Catholic and Protestants and due to many reasons such as bad politics, ideological differences, and misunderstandings, they have fought many wars among themselves. These wars continued throughout the history and just like every bad thing comes to an end, these wars also faced their doom. The last battle which was fought between these two sides was the Battle of the Boyne which occurred in 1690 and this was the battle which brought an end to all the wars between the two sides. The victorious side of this battle were the Protestants whose leader was King William of Orange which is an ancient Protestant order. Anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne is celebrated on 12 July.

In this article, we are about to share a lot of things with our readers. It is important to know the origin and main events or every historical event and these are one of the primary objectives. Since we have already discussed in one of the previous articles that this day is celebrated all over the world by Protestants and mainly in Ireland since the Protestant Ascendancy in Ireland started after this event. Discussing the history behind this event will be another of objectives of this article since without knowing the background, we cannot expect people to understand the importance of an event. This was the final battle which Catholic and Protestant sides fought against each other and that is why it has much more significance than other religious events. Let us start with the history of the event and then we will move on the celebrations of it.

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History of the Anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne 2018:

As we have mentioned that to know the importance of any event, it is important for us that we understand the events behind every historical happening. To know the importance and how the Battle of the Boyne became a historical sensation, here is a brief account on the events which occurred.

During the time of the battle, the Kings leading the Catholic and Protestant sides were King James II and King William of Orange respectively. When the battle was fought and decided, it was 1690 and the date of the ending and decisiveness of the war was 1st July according to most historians however, due to difference of opinion among the historians, the date for celebration is 12th July since all the events ended on this date. This was the day when King William of Orange led the Protestant forces against the Catholic forces and defeated King James II in order to win the dominancy of Ireland. There were few small battles which were also fought just to complete conquest however, none of them have importance like the Battle of the Boyne of 1690. After that to this date, the event is celebrated every year on 12th July.

The Anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne 2018 will be celebrated this year as well and it is of course, due to all the historical significance of the event. This is the battle due to which Protestant Christians rose as a bigger community and since the battle was fought in Ireland by King William of Orange and Catholic King James, due to the victory of King William, the protestant religion started spreading fast after that. And that is one of the reasons why this event is celebrated by Protestant Christians all over the world and mostly in Ireland. In other parts of the world, it is celebrated at some places where Protestants are in majority and due to the good democratic laws, every protestant is allowed to celebrate this just like other religious events.

Why Anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne is on 12th July?

While reading about the battle, most readers ask the question about why this event is celebrated on 12th July? This question has a valid reason and that is the date on which the battle was fought is 1st July so according to the readers, this should be the date for the celebrations. While reading the paragraph given below, you may very well understand the reason behind this contradiction.

Why?

The Battle of the Boyne was fought on 1 July 1690, according to the old Julian calendar. This was reformed and replaced with the Gregorian calendar across the British Empire in 1752, repositioning the ‘date’ of the Battle of the Boyne to 11 July. The method of altering historical dates was somewhat complicated, with eleven days being added to ‘old style’ dates occurring after 1700, but only ten days to those taking place before that. There is some dispute over whether celebrating on 12 July is simply the result of a slight historical miscalculation, or a case of the Battle of the Boyne replacing the Battle of Aughrim (another important battle in the Williamite War which took place on 12 July in the Julian calendar) as the focus of commemoration. Either way, William’s victory at the Battle of the Boyne has been celebrated on 12 July for over 200 years.

Historical Impacts of the Battle of the Boyne:

This battle have great historical impacts since it was the final war between the two sides and also, it gave Protestant a huge edge. King James II was of Scotland and King William of Orange was from Ireland. Due to this battle, Ireland got much more importance since after this battle, Protestants Ascendancy got place for first time in country. This is why even though the event is celebrated all over the world in Protestant communities, most of the biggest parades and celebrations are witnessed from Ireland and especially in the northern side.

So, this was everything important we could tell you about the Anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne 2018. I really hope you found this article informative and if you want to know more about this event, keep visiting our website for more.

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