This is a Chivalric Humanism holiday to celebrate the formation of the Knights Templar order. Although the order is believed to have been formed some time in 1119, no surviving records from this time exist that specify a date. The earliest surviving official document acknowledging the Templars as an organization is the Omne datum optimum (“Every Perfect Gift” Papal bull issued by Pope Innocent II on March 29, 1139. We celebrate this day in memory of the Knights Templar whose efforts contributed to the concept of chivalry and also performed many other humanitarian works, as well as influencing the systems of modern banking and agriculture we use today.
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