Celebrating St Patrick’s Day at BMT

Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Every year on March 17th, the Irish, Irish at heart and people from across the globe celebrate St Patrick’s Day. What started as a religious feast day has now grown and become an international festival of celebration of Irish culture with parades, lots of food, dancing, lots of green and LOTS of Irish beer! Some people only know St Patrick’s Day for being a day where the Irish all go out and drink loads of Guinness. But believe it or not, St Patrick’s Day (or the Feast of St Patrick) is still celebrated as a religious event, as well as a cultural one.

Did you know that St Patrick was a 5th century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland? According to Declaration, at the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Gaelic Ireland where he spent six years working there as a shepherd and during his time there he is known to have “found God”. The Declaration says that God told Patrick to flee to the coast, where a ship would be waiting for him to take him home. After making his way home, Patrick became a priest.

Tradition holds that he eventually died on March 17th and following many centuries, many legends grew up around St Patrick and he became one of Ireland’s foremost saint.

Over the years, St Patrick’s celebrations have become worldwide traditions amongst Irish people or just Irish lovers. Celebrations normally include public parades and festivals, traditional Irish music sessions and the wearing of green. More recently, famous landmarks have turned green on St Patrick’s Day to celebrate and Christians attend church services.

So why green? Why do the Irish wear green on St Patrick’s Day? It is customary to wear shamrocks on St Patrick’s Day and/or green clothing and accessories, which is also known as “the wearing of the green”. The colour green has been associated with Ireland since the 1640’s, when the green harp flag was used by the Irish Catholic Confederation. Green ribbons and shamrocks have been worn on St Patrick’s Day since at least the 1680’s, therefore the colour green has been associated with Ireland since.

When it comes to promotional branding, we love adding something different to products that people have never thought of before. Whether you’re celebrating St Patrick’s Day or not, you can get the luck of the Irish by adding the colour green to your promotional products. We’ve previously done branded St Patrick’s Day hats, glasses and even beer bottle holders for the special event. AT BMT, we love a good celebration!

If you want to add the luck of the Irish to your promotional products, or you just really love the colour green, have a look at our catalogue or give us a ring for a free quote on 01933 409489.

Celebrating Chinese New Year at BMT

January 28th 2017 marks the Chinese New Year, one of the most highly anticipated and most colourful events of the year which sees people in China and across the globe taking to the streets to celebrate. The new year celebrations will continue for 2 weeks with the year lasting until February 15th 2018.

So what is Chinese New Year?

Chinese New Year takes place on a different date each year because it’s based on the lunar calendar, therefore New Year’s Day normally falls between January 21st and February 20th. The global celebrations are an explosion of light and sound involving bell ringing, lighting firecrackers and watching traditional lion dances.

Traditionally, Chinese families gather together for a reunion dinner on New Year’s Eve and to clean their houses to sweep away bad fortune on New Year’s Day.

This year is the Year of the Rooster. The Chinese zodiac moves in a 12-year cycle, therefore those born in 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993 and 2005 are known as Roosters. This is the year of the Fire Rooster, which last fell in 1957 and is one of five types of Roosters within the Chinese zodiac and they all have different personalities. Fire Roosters are known for being trustworthy, punctual and responsible.

In China, the diversity of practises and rituals in context to tea, performed during the new year festivities, varies from regions based on their own heritage and custom. Therefore, we want to follow tradition here at BMT by creating promotional pyramid boxes, which can be branded with your logo and contain traditional Chinese tea’s of your choice.

Why not have a promotional mug to go with your pyramid boxes? Promotional Mugs are another fantastic way in getting your brand out there and it’s a product that will certainly be used to go with whatever hot beverage you will be drinking during this Chinese New Year.

We’d like to wish all our suppliers, customers and future customers who celebrate Chinese New Year a very Happy New Year.

新年快乐 (New Year Happiness!)