The more the merrier

Each of the four parts of the United Kingdom has its own patron saint, and each saint has its own special day to celebrate.
This past St. Patrick’s Day celebrates Ireland’s patron saint. March 17 is celebrated not only in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, but also by Irish people around the world. The next day is April 23, the celebration of St. George, the patron saint of England.
Scotland celebrates St Andrews Day, on 30 November; Wales already celebrates St David’s Day on 1 March. Although the UK does not have a “National Day”, it has four different days to celebrate it.
The patron saint is a popular tradition in Europe and the United States, but the so-called “god” here is not the god in Greek or Roman mythology, but some ordinary people canonized after death, get the power of heaven, can speak for the local care in the sky, so it is regarded as a patron saint.
Because of this, not only does every country in Europe, but many regions and cities have their own patron saints. For example, I once lived in Newcastle, in North-East England, where the patron saint of Northumbria was St Cuthbert, a local priest in medieval times.
Other patronesses, such as St George, a Roman army officer who never set foot in England, Georgia and parts of Greece and Spain, seem to have their hands full.
Not only local patronuses, but also walks of life have their own patronuses. I used to work in the biological sciences and it never occurred to me that the natural sciences had a patron saint named St. Albert. I now work as a writer and a translator, both of whom have more than one patron saint.
It’s both a tradition and a good laugh when it comes to patronuses. Before the New Year, I received from a friend a homemade calendar with the theme of a patronus.
The author is Valerie Pellatt (Chinese name Li Yan), a retired professor of Modern Languages at Newcastle University. Professor Pellatt is an expert in translation and speech. Chinese is one of the many languages she knows. Now retired, she is still engaged in translation teaching and research, with drama translation as her current research area.
In addition to teaching and researching, she is also an artist, writing on a wide range of subjects. Using linocut prints for 12 months, the calendar features 12 “saints, wise men and deities” who bring comfort to stressed people.
For example, during the epidemic, gardens and nature became a place for many people to escape their troubles, pets brought many psychological comfort to them, videos became the main means of interpersonal communication and work, and cooking suddenly became a hobby for many people. This almanac includes Saint Dorothy, patron saint of gardens and gardeners, Saint Gartrude of cats, Saint Roque of dogs, Saint Veronica of photography (and by extension, video), and Nadia, one of Professor Pellatt’s “wise men of our time” : The winner of the BBC reality show the Great British Bake Off, and veteran British nature documentary host Attenborough.
Interestingly, Professor Pellatt’s almanac also features two figures from Chinese mythology: Shen Nong and Lu Ban. Shen Nong was the discoverer of tea. Tea drinking is a hobby shared by both Chinese and British people. In September, god Lu Ban is sawing wood, with a steaming cup of green tea at his feet. He can take a rest and drink at any time, and bless DIY lovers not to destroy their homes inadvertently.
There are too many things in this world that make people anxious and vexed, patronus, come a few more!