Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Saint Patrick's Day


Ok it is Saint Patrick's Day and you know how much I know about Saint Patrick well you could write all I know on the top of a pin with space left over, yeah that is how much I know.

So I did what people do when they know nothing about something, I Google Saint Patrick and this is what I found out. The 17th of March is the day of his death, ok I knew that already and he is the foremost saint of Ireland, I also knew that.

Now for something I didn't know, Saint Patrick's Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century and is observed by Catholics, Anglicans, Eastern Orthodox and Lutheran churches ok have no idea what Eastern Orthodox and Lutheran churches are just saying. Also never heard of the Church of Ireland which is suppose to be Anglican.

The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland as well as celebrating the heritage and culture of the Irish. It is a holiday in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland as well as in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated by the Irish and others all over the world but mostly in Great Britain, Canada, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and the U S A.

The colour green has been associated with Ireland since around 1640 when something called the green harp flag was used by the Irish Catholic Confederation whatever that was. Green ribbons and shamrocks have been worn on Saint Patrick's Day since around 1680.

During the 20th century something called the St Patrick’s Day Cross became popular this is a Celtic Christian cross made of paper that was covered with silk or ribbon of different colours, it has a bunch of green silk in the centre.

What I do know is that St Patrick's Day is a day when people wear green, drink green beer and get drunk, honestly for most people I bet they can't tell you who St Patrick was or what he did they just see it as a day to wear green drink green drinks and get drunk.

I didn't know when he lived until I Google St Patrick but for those who are interested he lived during the 5th century born around 386 AD and was a Roman.





14 comments:

  1. Did you know the shamrock was used to explain The Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit)? I think that is a great fact. I've already made some Irish Soda Bread and plan on making some more tomorrow. If you ask me that is the best part of the festivities :)

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    1. I did read that about the shamrock and may I ask what is Irish Soda Bread

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  2. Dearest Jo-Anne,
    For one thing I will not do is eating any green colored food or drinking green beer or whatever! Our city's name is Dublin, so they found a reason to celebrate even though none of them is from Ireland! People love to celebrate. We both wear green cotton sweaters we bought at the Blarney Castle in Ireland.
    Sending you hugs,
    Mariette

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    1. I also do not drink green beer or eat green food some people just love a reason to drink

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  3. Interesting. I have become a regular reader of your blog. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Didn't he have something to do with snakes? Or did I have too much green beer?

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    1. Didn't read anything about snakes so might be the green beer

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  5. I did know most of it, raised Catholic I even know how to say Erin go Bragh (Ireland forever, according to Sister Eileen). And Al, that beer isn't supposed to be green... you're not supposed to drink the Olde Frothingslosh collectors cans. They're 40 years old!

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    1. Yeah trust Al to drink old beer and have it send him more loopy nice to know someone knew the info just not me

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  6. Great post JoAnne! Happy St. Patrick's Day! :-)
    Cathy@threekidsandafish

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  7. I've been taking Green drink for quite some time and it has significantly reduces the downtime and the strength of the illness. I cannot say enough good things about it, because even though I try to consistently exercise and eat healthy, it is not always possible.

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