Here are a few more tips for celebrating St. Kevin's Day:
1. Well, your celebration really ought to be on June 3, which is St.
Kevin's Day. However, I think it is appropriate to celebrate this joyous event every
day by being kind to animals, or at least to people who smell like animals.
2. Since it is a FEAST, and feasting requires refreshments, then the fashionable
and authentic celebration of the Feast of St. Kevin really ought to include some goodies.
3. If you are near a lake, that's a great place to celebrate the Feast. St.
Kevin loved the two lakes that dominated his Glendalough home. One of them was known
to have a water monster in it, so if you have a lake nearby that has a water monster in it
you have a PERFECT location for your Feast. Ideally, it's a monster that eats people
--St. Kevin's monster ate people (except St. Kevin because the monster sensed he was an
animal lover). Note: if you don't have a lake or two,
then you may place two bowls or tumblers full of water to represent the lakes at
appropriate places (one higher than the other and each a place where it won't be
spilled but may attract [small] water monsters).
4. The proper Feast of St. Kevin is not particularly proper at all. In fact, it
really ought to be quite riotous. Not necessarily unsafe or illegal, but it MUST be
blast or it's not really a Feast of St. Kevin. Loud and exaggerated story-telling of
the type that only a true Irishman (or lover of the Celtic way) can accomplish is the
hallmark of a great Feast. The riotousness must also be joyous, not
destructive or hateful, and be truly a celebration of life and the divinity that resides
in all living and nonliving aspects of our natural world.
5. The Feast must ABSOLUTELY feature appropriate homage to the great saint.
Specifically, large signs or banners acknowledging the saint in whose honor the feast is
held are appropriate. The bolder and brighter the better. Appropriate colors
would be green (for the Emerald Isle) and blue (for the two lakes of Glendalough).
Brown is totally inappropriate because there is no room for crap on this holy and
happy day. Invitations should be as informal as possible, but also very clear that
the day's activities honor St. Kevin specifically. Tee shirts with St. Kevin emblems
(such as a lake monster or St. Kevin's Cross) are appropriate but more formal attire is
not appropriate except in special circumstances (St. Kevin's symphonies, for example).
Fake beards and monks robes may also be distributed to the guests. Those with the
given name of Kevin should be treated as VIPs at your event and be given every special
courtesy you can think of (e.g., first in line for food, kisses from women ["Kiss Me,
I'm Kevin" lapel buttons are appropriate], washing of their cars, and places of honor
at any meals that are served).
6. Folks without a sense of humor should not be invited. They just wouldn't get it,
7. Animal products such as cheese and milk are acceptable, but avoid butchered meat on the
Feast of St. Kevin. Try to avoid torturing or maiming animals in any way. And
absolutely no dead cat jokes on this day.
8. ABOVE ALL, and this is by far the most important
aspect of celebrating the Feast of St. Kevin (whether on June 3 or every day):
Be kind to others!