March 17th…St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day is a day that honors the Christian Saint Patrick of Ireland. People all over the world celebrate this saints day, but do they know why St. Patrick is so honored?
Patrick was a 16-year-old Welsh boy who was kidnapped by Irish marauders. He spent six years in servitude as a shepherd in Ireland where he experienced a religious awakening. Then went on many years studying in a monastery. There he worked on converting his countrymen to Christianity.
He was successful at founding schools and churches and performing baptisms.The shamrock clover became his teaching tool to explain the Holy Trinity.
The Truth Behind The Snakes
There are stories about Patrick delivering a sermon on a hilltop and thereby banishing the country’s snakes. This is probably the most popular of the St. Patrick’s Day myths. Unfortunatley it is not true. Ireland at that time, had no native snakes.
Why We Where Green
Actually the color of St. Patrick is blue. Somehow it has gotten contorted throughout the years into green. The most logical reason is that green is associated with Ireland.
How To Celebrate
Today, the tradition continues with people by wearing green, eating Irish food, and attending parades. One of today’s traditions is a wary one. If you do not wear green on St. Patrick’s Day and you are caught, you will be pinched. The most common way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day is by wearing green. Anything goes as long as it shows. I had a High School teacher, who was Irish, who went all out and wore a suit that resembled that of a leprachaun outfit. The Shamrock has become a popular accessory for St. Patrick’s Day. Shamrock pins are nice accessories for this holiday.
Many Irish Americans join together at the local pub to drink green beer, whiskey and eat traditional Irish food. If you live in a larger city, a good way to celebrate is to attend a local parade or festival.
The last St. Patrick’s Day celebration idea is to listen to traditional Irish music, dance a jig, speak with an Irish accent, and just have fun!