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St. Patrick…Not Irish!

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St. PatrickSaint Patrick’s Day is a very festive celebration in the United States with parades and pubs, shamrocks and Shepard’s pie.

But I am going to tell you some things about St. Patrick and his day that you may not know!

  1. 1.       St Patrick, patron Saint of Ireland, is actually Maewyn Succat from the United Kingdom. He was born around 390AD to an aristocratic Christian family.
  2. 2.       He was captured when he was around 16 and taken to Ireland where he was a slave. Maewyn escaped after 6 years of captivity and went back to England. He became a priest there and later returned to Ireland as a missionary.
  3. 3.       The Shamrock was used by St. Patrick to teach the Irish about the Holy Trinity. Each leaf of the shamrock represented one of the trinity.
  4. 4.       St. Patrick’s Day was invented by Irish-Americans to celebrate their heritage in the land of the free.  Eighteenth-century Irish soldiers fighting with the British in the Revolutionary War held the first St. Patrick’s day parade. St. Patrick’s Day was first celebrated in Boston in 1737.
  5. 5.       The first St. Patrick’s Day parade in the Irish Free State was held in Dublin in 1931, 200 years after it was first celebrated in the United States.
  6. 6.       Wearing the color Green became a show of commitment to Ireland during the parades in the 19th Century. Chicago in 1962 carried that into a further show of solidarity by dying a portion of the Chicago River green.
  7. 7.       On a normal day 5.5 million pints of Guinness is consumed around the world. On St. Patrick’s Day, that number rises to 13 million pints!
  8. 8.       The Irish were so poor they could only afford beef and cabbage so it became a staple for the holiday even to this day.

 In closing, I want to leave you with an old Irish blessing….

Wishing you a rainbowRainbow
For sunlight after showers—
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours—
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!

~Cheryl Pastor, Social Media Specialist

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