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St. Patrick’s Day

irish8Sure look it, green isn’t me top colour, but I still love this holiday based around a guy that was kidnapped by Irish raiders who after 6 years as a slave found God who allegedly told him how to return him to his rich family in Roman Britain.

Then he got home, but how is vague, then returned to Ireland to convert the pagans to Christianity and apparently drive the snakes out of Ireland. Busy guy.

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Allegedly died on March 17, 461 which eventually became Saint Patrick’s Day; wasn’t until the early 1600s that it became an official Christian feast day. Coincidentally it happens to be during Lent so people got to lift the ban on eating certain yummies and the drinking of alcohol.

But why the wearing of the green? There are a myriad of theories, but I like the one that the green matches the lushness of the Irish landscape.

1940 and 2008, Saint Patrick’s Day coincided with Palm Sunday so it was observed on April 3 and March 14 respectively. Won’t fall within Holy Week for another 146 years. The secular celebration is always held on the actual day.

1903St. P’s Day becomes an official holiday in Ireland. People weren’t as happy with James O’Mara when he later introduced another act that closed bars and pubs March 17. Wasn’t repealed until the 1970s.March 17 is an official holiday in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.irish2

The 1990’s heralded the St. P’s Day blitz when Ireland decided to use it to promote tourism. One goal was: To project, internationally, an accurate image of Ireland as a creative, professional and sophisticated country with wide appeal.

Ok, I got it, so the Irish or wannabe Irish wear green wigs, necklaces, hats, over-sized bow ties and shamrock glasses; sport T-shirts with interesting slogans that usually invite physical contact; drink shamrock shakes and binge drink their way to the jacks to regurgitate pizza and green cupcakes before heading to the ER or a morning of the fear to project an accurate image of Ireland as a creative, professional and sophisticated country with wide appeal. Really?

The world’s shortest St. P’s Day parade can be enjoyed, if you don’t blink, in Dripsey, Cork where the revellers travel a mighty 100 yards between 2 pubs.

Coatbridge, Scotland is a town where a majority of the citizens are of Irish descent – they really enjoy St. P’s Day.

Canadian astronaut, Chris Hadfield celebrated St. P’s Day in space in 2013 by taking pix of Ireland, himself wearing green, and singing Danny Boy in space.

St. P’s Day is a public holiday in Montserrat, known as “Emerald Island of the Caribbean”.irish7

Of course, Toronto, Ontario, Canada has the most bizarre and dubious St. P’s Day distinction, its very own crack-smoking-Mayor, Rob Ford caught once again on film, ossified, celebrating St. P’s Day with a robust round of swearing and stumbling around the streets.

May the saddest day of your future be no worse than the happiest day of your past.irish3

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11 thoughts on “St. Patrick’s Day

  1. ST. PATRICK’S DAY
    This is a great holiday! I love wearing green, and today I actually had a green hair wig!
    St. Patrick’s Day is based maybe a true story… but as one of the modern citizens I just want to wear green, and green beer, to me and alot of others like myself, it’s just another holiday! Yipee!

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