Tuesday, March 17, 2015

St. Paddy's Day!

Look... even the Irish have been known to say, on Saint Patrick's Day, everyone is Irish.

As most people will go out and grab a cold brewsky tonight (please be safe), people do not even know why Saint Patrick's Day even happens. Who is this St. Patrick? And why is he celebrated on March 17th.

History of Saint Patrick:

Saint Patrick's birth name was actually Maeywin into a Roman Britain home. However, he was kidnapped into slavery and taken to Ireland. He eventually escaped to a monastery in Gaul, France where he found Christianity. In 432 he returned to Ireland as a missionary. Saint Patrick help convert Christianity by confronting the Druids at Tara and abolished their pagan beliefs. St. Patrick eventually became a bishop and after his death declared the patron Saint of Ireland.

Other fun facts!
The shamrock: According to legend St. Patrick used the three leaf clover (or shamrock) to explain the Trinity.
Dyeing the river green: The practice of dyeing the river green started in Chicago in 1962, when city officials decided to dye a portion of the Chicago River green.
Corn beef and cabbage: This is an Irish American dish. Irish Americans were so poor they could not afford certain meals. On St. Patrick's Day, the best meal they could afford was beef and cabbage. It became a staple for the holiday.

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