Sunday, March 17, 2013

St. Paddy's Day

It's either disrespectful to call St. Patrick Paddy or it's purely wonderful because we lovingly gave him a nickname... I'll clearly go with the latter.

Anyhoo, since I have Irish in my body particles and history and whatnot, I was curious to know more about this holiday, since where I live people have a very fuzzy perception of this religious holiday.

First, let me start off with an Irish toast:
The Scots have their whisky,
the Welsh have their tongue,
but the Irish have Paddy,
who’s second to none!

Here's the biggy and main point:
Saint Paddy's Day is a traditional day of spiritual renewal and offering prayers for missionaries worldwide. Also, it is the commemoration of Saint Patrick's death. Think of it though as celebrating his life, ya.
Tagging along at the end, what we already know, it is associated with everything Irish: anything green and gold, shamrocks and luck.

  • Yes green is the symbol of Ireland (this came about in the 19th century), but the original color for St. Patrick's Day was blue. Inconceivable! 
  • The St. Patrick’s Day custom came to America in 1737.

What’s good luck on St. Paddy's Day?
  • Four leaf clovers, which is double the luck.
  • Wearing green. We can blame school children for starting the pesky tradition of pinching someone who does not dawn the color. I don't appreciate this.
  • Kissing the blarney stone.

  • St. Patrick is originally from England, had some bad history with Ireland, but went back many years later as a Bishop to spread the good word, so to speak. Clearly St. Patrick left a good impression since Ireland has celebrated in his name for over 1000 years.

  • Leprechauns are actually a part of Celtic folklore, they never had anything to do with St. Patrick's Day until in 1959 Walt Disney (it always comes back to him somehow) released a film that showcased leprechauns as cheerful and friendly. Thus, this recognizable symbol of both St. Patrick's Day and Ireland is purely American invention.

  • There are 34.7 million U.S. residents with Irish ancestry. This number is more than seven times the population of Ireland itself. Now that's what you call ironic.
  • Irish is the nation's second most frequently reported ancestry, ranking behind German. Well coinky-dink, I have both of those ancestries in me.

Since you now know Irish and German are part of my heritage, what is yours?

(Pics by pinterest)

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