Pinch Me It Is Saint Patricks Day

Dated: 11/01/2019

Views: 5

Dated: 03/15/2019 - Minna French

Views: 138

Corned beef and cabbage, green beer, and pinching all Irish people. 

That’s what St. Patty’s day is about! 

But do you know the history of it?

(Borrowed from https://www.britannica.com/topic/Saint-Patricks-Day)

Saint Patrick’s Day, feast day (March 17) of St. Patrick, patron saint of Ireland. Born in Roman Britain in the late 4th century, he was kidnapped at the age of 16 and taken to Ireland as a slave. He escaped but returned about 432 to convert the Irish to Christianity. By the time of his death on March 17, 461, he had established monasteries, churches, and schools. Many legends grew up around him—for example, that he drove the snakes out of Ireland and used the shamrock to explain the Trinity. Ireland came to celebrate his day with religious services and feasts.

It was emigrants, particularly to the United States, who transformed St. Patrick’s Day into a largely secular holiday of revelry and celebration of things Irish. Cities with large numbers of Irish immigrants, who often wielded political power, staged the most extensive celebrations, which included elaborate parades. Boston held its first St. Patrick’s Day parade in 1737, followed by New York City in 1762. 

Since 1962 Chicago has colored its river green to mark the holiday. (Although blue was the color traditionally associated with St. Patrick, green is now commonly connected with the day.) Irish and non-Irish alike commonly participate in the “wearing of the green”—sporting an item of green clothing or a shamrock, the Irish national plant, in the lapel. Corned beef and cabbage are associated with the holiday, and even beer is sometimes dyed green to celebrate the day. Although some of these practices eventually were adopted by the Irish themselves, they did so largely for the benefit of tourists.

Today,  St. Patricks Day is all about having fun, wearing green, and finding that pot of Gold.

Visit my Open House at Waterford Oaks this Sunday, March 17th 1-3PM to find out if the pot is hidden there!

Image title

Blog author image

Minna French

"Always at your reach and at your service!" Buying or selling your home is one of the biggest financial transactions in your lifetime. What is the best price you can get? How long does it take to get....

Latest Blog Posts

What is mortgage forbearance?

As the coronavirus began sweeping through the country in March, many states issued shut-down orders for businesses, putting as many as 40 million people out of work by May. On March 27,

Read More

Summer Solstice - Midsummer in Finland

Finland is known for its cold and dark winters and short summers with long days and nightless nights. Summer Solstice, Midsummer, in Finland is celebrated on Midsummer’s Eve. This year is

Read More

Garden City Beach - Marlin Quay NEW MARINA STORE & Restaurant COMING SOON

Take a look at the proposed Architechtural Renderings of the Brand New Marlin Quay Marina Store and Restaurant and the current progress now under construction. This exculsive area of Garden City

Read More

WINNING SOLUTIONS

I HAVE 3 THINGS TO TEACH:  SIMPLICITY  PATIENCE    COMPASSIONTHESE THREE ARE YOUR GREATEST TREASURESLaa 

Read More