St. Patricks Day!!

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St. Patrick’s Day occurs annually on March 17 in observance of the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. What began as a religious feast day in the 17th century has evolved into a variety of festivals across the globe celebrating Irish culture with parades, special foods, music, dancing, and a whole lot of green.

Why is there a St. Patrick's Day?

St. Patrick's Day, is a global celebration of Irish culture, usually on or around March 17th.It particularly remembers the saint, Saint Patrick, who brought Christianity to Ireland during the fifth century or so. St. Patrick is believed to be one of the most celebrated patron saints of Ireland

Who was St. Patrick?

St. Patrick, of course the beloved patron saint of Ireland, has quite little, actually known about his life. We do know that St Patrick was born in Britain and that at the age of 16 was captured by Irish raiders who attacked his family's estate, but he was then transported to Ireland where he was held captive for six years, to live a lonely life as a shepherd. It was then that he became a devout Christian. From his writing, we know that a voice, which he believed to be that of God, spoke to him in a dream, urging him to leave Ireland. He did, walking nearly 200 miles, Patrick escaped to Britain and undertook seriously religious training.After 15 years of study, Patrick was ordained as a priest and sent to Ireland. His mission was to convert the Irish to Christians. Because Patrick was familiar with the Irish language and culture from his years of captivity, he chose to incorporate Irish ritual and symbols into his teachings rather than to eradicate Irish beliefs. Patrick superimposed the sun, a powerful Irish symbol, onto the traditional Christian cross so that the result would seem more natural to the Irish.

The History of St. Patricks Day.

Believe it or not, the first St Patrick's Day parade was held in New York City on March 17, 1762. Irish Americans were not the first, however, to celebrate the feast of St Patrick. St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated annually on March 17, the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years. On St. Patrick’s Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. St. Patricks Day should be celebrated for centuries more!

What Do People Do?

St Patrick’s Day is celebrated in many parts of the world, especially by Irish communities and organizations. Many people wear an item of green clothing on the day. Parties featuring Irish food and drinks that are dyed in green food color are part of this celebration. It is a time when children can indulge in sweets and adults can enjoy a pint of beer at a local pub. Many restaurants and pubs offer Irish food or drink, which include: Irish brown bread, corned beef and cabbage, beef and guinness pie, Irish cream chocolate mousse cake, Irish coffee, Irish stew, Irish potato soup, Irish potato champ, also known as poundies, cally or pandy. Champ ('brúitín' in Irish) is an Irish dish, made by combining mashed potatoes and chopped spring onions with butter, milk, any cheese and optionally, salt and pepper.

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