In the true spirit of having fun, people all over the world will celebrate St Patrick’s day today. Many will reach back into their ancestry to find some Irish connection that they can point to, as good cause for celebration; others will join in the celebrations just because its a party!
Certainly here in Canada it is good timing to celebrate the end, or near end, of a long Winter … so St Patrick’s Day is a great excuse for a party! In case there is any interest in the origins of the holiday, below is an explanation.
Happy St Patrick’s Day!
St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated annually on March 17th in honor of Ireland’s patron saint. St. Patrick was born between 370 and 390 C. E. in the Roman Empire in Britain. His given name (Magonus Sucatus) was changed to Patricuis (Patrick) after his baptism. At the age of 16, Patrick was kidnapped and sold into slavery in Ireland. He remained captive for six years during which time he worked as a shepherd and began to have religious visions. Patrick eventually returned to Ireland as a missionary and succeeded in converting the Irish to Christianity. He used a shamrock to explain the Trinity to potential converts; the three leaves represented the father, son, and holy spirit.
St Patrick Day parades around the world celebrates everything Irish and contain dozens of colorful floats, marching bands of many organizations and nationalities and costume characters. The parades have become a rite of spring and usually marks one of the first time after a long winter that city’s streets feature a gathering of people.