Where's The Twelfth?
Today is the 12th of July
It's probably that date where you live too. Here in Northern Ireland, 12th of July is a public holiday. All the banks are shut and many shops and businesses. It's a holiday. It's not a holiday elsewhere in these islands and the reason for the holiday may be contentious for some people, however, it is part of local culture. As I want to tell a joke, you will need this background in order to understand it and the understanding has to come first or you will not "get" the joke. If you want to know more about the holiday and why people march, then Google is your friend. Search online for Orangemen and marching season and King William of Orange. There's a good page on it on BBC.co.uk but possibly not everyone will be able to access it.
The 12th of July is a big day for marching parades in Northern Ireland and is known colloquially as "The Twelfth". All the Orange Lodges march and each year on the Twelfth, they hold joint marches in a big town, where the Orangemen from different lodges come together and hold a big march in the town centre. It's a different town each year for each area. Some of the towns where big marches take place are Limavady, Larne, Markethill, Coleraine, Banbridge and many other towns.
Some tourists came to Northern Ireland early one July to play golf because there are some beautiful and famous golf courses there and some famous golfers from Northern Ireland too. The tourists stopped at a big golf course and got a local caddy to take them for a round of golf. They had played eleven holes and one of the tourists looked around him and said, "Now, where's the twelfth?" At which the local caddy spoke up and said, "I think it's at Limavady this year."
I hope you "got" it!
The photograph was taken this morning, 12th July 2017, as the local Orangemen set out for their parade.
Image Credit » (c) MegL my own photograph, taken 12th July 2017