🗓️ August 30
A long time ago
Greetings fellow gardeners, doctors, and saints.
Time to break out the garden gloves and dust off your green thumb – it’s Saint Fiacre’s day! August 30 is dedicated to this patron saint of gardening, medicine, and so much more.
Let’s dig in and learn why we should all be celebrating this saintly botanist.
The origin of Saint Fiacre.
Legend has it that he was born in Ireland in the 7th century and later traveled to France, where he built a hermitage and cultivated a garden. He was known for his love of gardening and his expertise in the medicinal use of herbs.
From gardening to fighting off venereal diseases and curing pesky hemmorrhoids, Saint Fiacre had a lot on his plate.
Good thing he was a multitasking saint!
The history and mythology of Saint Fiacre is just as colorful as the flowers he tended to. According to legend, he once made a deal with the devil to help him out with his gardening duties. But when the devil showed up to collect, Saint Fiacre was ready with a trusty hoe. Talk about one savvy saint!
He’s considered the patron saint of gardeners, farmers, and anyone who works the land.
He’s also a protector against venereal diseases and infections, which makes him an important saint for doctors and patients alike.
So why celebrate Saint Fiacre?
It’s a chance to honor the hard work of gardeners and farmers, to recognize the healing power of nature, and to give thanks for the harvest. It’s also a great opportunity to indulge in some gardening and get your hands dirty.
On Saint Fiacre’s day you can kneel on the garden instead of the cold church floor.
He reminds us that we are all part of the same ecosystem, and that caring for the land is essential to our well-being.
How to celebrate:
First things first, make sure you’ve got a sturdy pair of garden gloves.
If you’re a gardener, this is the perfect time to tend to your plants and get them ready for the harvest. If you’re not a gardener, you can still celebrate by visiting a local farm or farmer’s market, or by simply enjoying the outdoors.
For some fun experiments, you could try growing some plants that have medicinal properties, like chamomile or lavender.
Or, you could create your own herbal remedies using plants from your garden. Just be sure to research the proper methods before trying anything out!
You could throw a garden party, complete with fresh produce and herbs from your own garden.
Whatever you do, just be sure to honor the spirit of Saint Fiacre and the connection between the land and our health.
And who knows, maybe you’ll even cure some hemorrhoids along the way!
Saint Fiacre may not be as well-known as some other saints, but he’s certainly deserving of a day of celebration.
This day is the perfect time to celebrate all things gardening and medicine, with a little bit of devil-defying thrown in for good measure.
The next time you’re weeding your garden, remember Saint Fiacre – the OG gardener who made the devil kneel before his hoe!