Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St Patricks Day

Here are a few facts for you,

St. Patrick's Day honors St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. We celebrate St. Patrick's Day on March 17. Americans march in parades, dance the Irish jig and gather to sing Irish songs. People wear green in memory of Ireland, the Emerald Isle and wear shamrocks, clover with three leaves.
March 17 was not the day St. Patrick was born but the day he died. Even though we don't know the date of his birth, most scholars believe the year was 385 AD and the year of his death was 461 AD.

St. Patrick was born in Wales, studied religion to become a priest and then went to Ireland to teach the people about God. There are many wonderful stories about St. Patrick, some true and some not true.

The most famous legend is that he drove the snakes out of Ireland. This did not happen but the Irish will tell you that you cannot find a snake throughout the whole country of Ireland



♥ watching them blossom said...

No snakes - I'm moving to Ireland.....another one of my phobias.

The Church Lady said...

Thanks for the history lesson today! Erin Go Braugh!

hulagirlatheart said...

I've always thought I could live in Ireland because of its lack of snakes. Well, that and the beautiful scenery. Interesting information! I learned something today. Thanks.

m (the misanthrope) said...

A belated happy St Patrick's to you too! You know, until I moved to Maryland, I had never heard of this custom of "pinching" someone if they aren't wearing green on 3/17. (I lived in Ireland for 10 years and never heard of it!)

In past years, when chastized for not "wearing anything Irish", I would reply "I am wearing something Irish! MY FACE! I wear it every day!" But this time around, I broke down and wore green because I didn't want anyone pinching me *sigh* Which brings me to my personal space issues but THAT is another story :-)