Happy Saint Patrick’s Day in Redwood City CA
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day. Today is celebrated by many people throughout the United States. Though not a Federal legal holiday, March 17th is still celebrated for many reasons. The pseudo Irish, those without Irish heritage love to join in. A normal group dynamics of honoring Saint Patrick with everyone else is the call of the day. Primarily a celebration by the Irish and Irish American culture everyone else want to be included on this special day. On Saint Patrick’s Day you will see everyone celebrations by wearing anything green, eating corn-beef and cabbage along with drinking copious amounts of alcohol. (Preferably Irish whiskey.) There is also an underlining celebration of a religious observances with a number of parades.
Celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day on the North American continent began in the late eighteenth century. It was so deep rooted as a holiday that it continues to this day.
On this date in history:
1776 – American Revolutionary War: The British Army in Boston, Massachusetts withdrew from Boston, which ended the 11 months fight between them and the American patriots known as the Siege of Boston.
1950 – The synthesis of californium, a radioactive trans-uranium element, became known to the public.
1963 – The most recent eruption of Mount Agung on Bali, Indonesia killed some 1,500 people.
1988 – Eritrean War of Independence: The Eritrean People’s Liberation Front encircled a Soviet-Ethiopian force and gained a decisive victory in the Battle of Afabet
2000 – Over 700 followers of the Ugandan sect Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God perished in a fire and a series of poisonings and killings, considered either a cult suicide or an orchestrated mass murder by it leaders.
It’s good to be Irish
Limited details of Saint Patrick is recorded in history. Born into a wealthy Romano-British family in the 4th century in Roman Britain. Saint Patrick’s grandfather and father were deacons in the Christian Church.
At 16 Patrick was captured and made a slave. His captors, Irish raiders believed to have taken Saint Patrick to the west coast of Ireland. It was believed Saint Patrick was enslaved in Mayo.
As the story goes…
As the story goes in Patrick’s Confession he had a dream one night and in that dream he escaped from his captors because of the words he heard from God. He boarded shortly there after a ship heading to Britain. Once back in Britain he immediately joined the Church in Auxerre in Gaul and begun his studies as a priest.
In 432 A.D. he again claimed God had spoken to him and told him to return to Ireland. (This time he went back as a bishop not a slave.)
His duty to God was to Christianize the Irish from their native polytheism. Bishop Patrick as a teaching method to explain the Christian doctrine of the Trinity according to Irish folklore used the shamrock.
After almost 30 years of practicing his evangelism bishop Patrick died on March 17. 461 A.D.. As tradition went, Bishop Patrick’s body got buried at Downpatrick. Bishop Patrick was highly regarded as the principal champion of Irish Christianity. Held in high esteem, Saint Patrick’s standards caused the Irish Church to honored him in all their celebrations.
Being part Irish I want to wish everyone a very Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Eat, Drink, and be Merry!
Erinn go Brach
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