St. Patrick’s Day


shamrockSt. Patrick’s Day is celebrated everywhere on March 17th by both Irish and non-Irish people. Parades, the wearing o’ the green, and an Irish feast are all customary on this day. A typical American favorite “Irish” dinner is corned beef & cabbage. An Irishman will probably tell you that he’s never heard of this boiled beef with cabbage, but he’ll gladly eat it with you nevertheless. Corned beef and cabbage was actually created by immigrants in New England, it is a variation of the famous New England Boiled Dinner. Another favorite meal is one that is all green, food that is naturally green and food that is tinted green with food coloring.

Who was Saint Patrick?
Saint Patrick was a Christian missionary and the Apostle of Ireland. He was born around 385 AD near Dumbarton in Scotland, the son of a Roman nobleman. His real name is believed to have been Maewyn Succat; his baptismal name is Patricius. He was just 16 when his village was attacked. He was captured and sold into slavery in Ireland where he worked as a shepherd. After six years of being beaten and treated poorly, he escaped to Gaul (present day France). He later returned to Ireland as a missionary. He is credited for converting the population to Catholicism. St. Patrick is associated with many myths and legends. The most famous is the legend where he drove all of the snakes out of Ireland and into the sea. In fact, there are no snakes in Ireland today. Some people believe that the snakes in this story actually refer to the pagans in Ireland. St. Patrick is the patron saint of engineers, excluded people, fear of snakes, snake bites, against snakes, Ireland, and Nigeria.

This holy day is celebrated with parties, wearing green, and a whole lot of fun in America. So, kiss the Blarney Stone, do a jig, find a shamrock, swig some brew, and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with us.

These pages are created in memory of my Uncle Bill,
who always had a smile on his face and a song in his heart.
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