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St Tammany Day Revival – May 1

The bells rung loud and clear, as a group of love, peace and amity supporters celebrated Tammany Day, this first day of May, right here in Philadelphia. It’s been a long, long time since last May’s festivities, but thanks to the Old City Civic Association, once again Saint Tamanend , a symbol for native-born Americans, was recognized. 

At Tamanend Statue, May 1, 2012

Through generations Tamanend has been adored and highly regarded for his virtues of integrity, ethics, honor, value, justice, as well as equality for the common individual.

 Why May 1st.?

The earliest May Day activities came out in pre-Christian times, along with the celebrations, get togethers, customs or other activities around that period. The actual day has been a traditional summer time festive in numerous pre-Christian European civilizations.      February 1 was the very first day of Spring, May 1 was the very first day associated with summer season; therefore, the summer solstice about June 25 ended up being Midsummer. The term solstice originates from Latin sol – sun, and sistere – to stand still.   May 1 is the 121st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 244 days left over till the conclusion of the year.


Throughout the world, presentation of the occasion has varied between civilizations, but the majorities have kept a sign of acknowledgement around that period.

May Day had also been commemorated by early European settlers of the American nation.  

And it all started here in Philadelphia because of its governmental importance through the beginning of the United States of America. Tammany quickly grew to become a nationwide symbolic representation throughout most of the freshly shaped nation. 

TAMANEND, has been Native American chief of the Delawares, (Lenape Indians), and has been variously named Temane, Tamenand, Taminent, Tameny, as well as Tammany. It was Tamanend and William Penn that cleared a way of establishing in a peaceful way a new Pennsylvania colony.

Commemorating Tamanend Day in Philadelphia

Throughout the subsequent century, many tales surrounded Tamanend and his awesome reputation deemed legendary proportions amongst the people of Philadelphia, who started to call him “King Tammany,” “Saint Tammany,” and the “Patron Saint of North America”.

People of Philadelphia furthermore organized Tammany society and a yearly Tammany festivity. All these practices quickly spread out throughout America. Because of Philadelphia’s importance during the actual founding of the United States of America, Tammany soon grew to become a nation’s icon throughout most of the newly created nation. Fraternal Tammany Societies endured throughout the eastern states.

In the eighteenth century, numerous stories surrounded Tamanend and his fame assumed mythical proportions among the people of Philadelphia. His recognition as a noble Indian native increased even though the Lenape had been pressed farther West.

Few Historical Facts:

* In 1810, President James Madison announced the Territory of Western Florida to become a portion of the Louisiana Purchase, and in 1811, William C. C. Claiborne, the 1st American territorial Governor of Louisiana, named the area north of Lake Pontchartrain as ‘‘St. Tammany Parish’’ in recognition of the Saint Tamanend.  In 2003, the Parish Council approved a resolution assigning May 1, 2003, as St. Tammany Day, and advocating the restoration of May 1st as a nationwide day of acknowledgement for Tamanend.

 In the United States Congress, a concurrent resolution was proposed in the House and passed by the Senate agreed “That Congress supports the goals and ideals of St. Tammany Day as a national day of acknowledgement for Tamanend and the values he represented.”

* USS Delaware wooden war ship – constructed in Norfolk, Virginia, and launched in 1820. Its figurehead was a bust of Tamanend. USS Delaware was sunk in 1861, but for some reason the figurehead has been recovered. It was taken to Annapolis, Maryland to the Naval Academy. Midshipmen began using the statue as a good luck charm. Eventually the wooden figure started to decay and disintegrate. In 1906 the classmates of 1891 had the figurine meticulously forged in bronze. The bronze statue was presented in 1930. It stands today at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

* The Schuylkill Fishing Company, founded in 1732, originated its privileges from a grant created by Tammany. May 1, the beginning of the actual fishing season, was “King Tammany’s Day”. Their motto, “Kawania ehe Keekeru”, has been Delaware for “This is my right, I will defend it”. In 1888, Daniel Garrison Brinton and Horatio Hale uncovered it was really Iroquoian for “I am master wherever I am”.

At the Tamanend Statue, celebrating May 1

Saint Tamanend Day Celebration