Happy Saint Patrick’s Day
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day. Today is celebrated by many people throughout the United States. Saint Patrick’s Day is not a Federal holiday. 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 green, eating corn-beef and cabbage, along with drinking copious amounts of alcohol. (Preferably Irish whiskey.) Religious observances adds to the underlining celebration of parades and festive eating and drinking.
Celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day on the North American continent began in the late eighteenth century. And, is 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
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…
Patrick said he had a dream one night. In it he had escaped from his captors. He boarded a ship heading to Great Britain. In Great Britain he joined a Church in Auxerre in Gaul. He wanted to study to become 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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