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February 1st is the feast day of St Brigid of Kildare.  St Brigid is the patroness saint of Ireland 

and the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians.  Her feast day symbolizes the start of spring in Ireland.

1916 Easter Rising Commemoration

The National Ancient Order of Hibernians in America celebrated the Centenary of the Easter Rising in New York City on April 23, 2016 with a Mass at St Patrick's Cathedral.  A piped procession followed from the cathedral to the plaza on Park Avenue where the office of the Consul General is located.  There was  a reading of the Proclomation and speeches to commemorate the 100 year anniversary.  

The “Honor Our History” pins
is a special project of the
Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians
To Honor the Women of the Rising.
The symbolism of the pin is:
The building in the background is the General Post Office in Dublin. The Pin has a blue background which is the national color of Ireland that acknowledges the independent (and 32-county) Ireland that had existed hundreds of years earlier and should exist now.
The flag is the tri-color which is the national flag of Ireland.
Green - signifying Irish Catholics and the republican cause
White - representing the hope for peace between them and a united Ireland
Orange - standing for Irish Protestants, the North.
The Easter lily in the center of the flag was introduced in 1926 by Cumann na mBan. It was sold to help support the families that had lost loved ones.
The woman is wearing the Cumann na mBan uniform which translates as the Women’s League; Cumann na mBan was originally formed to complement the Irish Volunteers. The women of the Cumann na mBan fought next to the men at the Rising. The Cumann na mBan was officially founded on the 2th April 1914 at a meeting in held Wynn’s Hotel, Dublin led by Agnes O’Farrelly. She also was inspired by Mollie O’Reilly. On 16 April 1916 the flag of the Irish Republic, with the harp but without the crown, was first raised over the hall; Molly O’Reilly, aged fifteen, unfurled it. Connolly handed the flag to her and said: ‘I hand you this flag as the sacred emblem of Ireland’s unconquered soul’. Mary Shannon, a machinist at the Liberty Hall shirt-making cooperative, made the flag.
The chain around the pin represents the chains that Kathleen Clarke wore when she was sworn in as the first female Lord Mayor of Dublin in 1939. Her first action as Lord Mayor was to reject the Lord Mayor's chain, because it had been presented to the city by William of Orange. A smaller chain, the City Chain, was hastily produced. She said she would wear Her chains till Ireland is free.