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Thursday, February 28, 2013
St. Patrick's Day - March 17
In Irish, Lá Fhéile Pádraig, "the Day of the Festival of Patrick", is celebrated on March 17 which is the annivery of Saint Patrick's death.
Saint Patrick, a recognized saint of Ireland, was born in Britain in the 4th Century. At age 16, he was taken by Irish raiders and made a slave. He had a dream he believed was from God. He was told to flee to the coast, board a ship and return to Britain. He returned and quickly joined the Church in Auxerre in Gaul, and studied to be a priest. In 432, he went back to Ireland as a bishop and convinced the Irish away from polytheism. Legend tells that one of his teaching methods included using the shamrock to explain the doctrine of the Trinity. He died March 17, 461.
Observed by the Catholic Church and others, Saint Patrick's Day, in the 17th century, became a day of feasting, but has gradually become a celebration of Irish culture in general.
The color originally associated with Saint Patrick was blue, yet by the 17th century, green and green shamrocks were worn for the celebration. It seems many celebrations take place, not just in Ireland. Argentina has an all night street party complete with dancing and drinking. Canada has the longest running parade held in Montreal. In Great Britian, the Irish Guard wears shamrocks flown in from Ireland. The wearing of green clothing is a favorite of New Zealand and particularly Australia where many Irish emigrated or were taken, and is celebrated as a time to recollect their ancestery and heritage. Russia has two parades - one official with government officials - and one unofficial, created by volunteers and includes-- street shows and much clamor. How about dying the Chicago River green? Even USA and Ireland rugby leagues participate in a face-off some time closely associated to St. Patrick's Day. That's only a fraction of the celebrations I found.
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