Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Top o' the mornin' to Ya!,
Okay, so since I'm not Irish (far from it, in fact) , and don't know much about this Irish holiday (besides the fact that, if you don't ware green, someone will pinch.Ouch! And that it's the #1 drinking holiday of the year) I got to wondering ,what it St. Patty's all about anyways . So, here is a very brief history of St. Patrick's day:

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St Patrick is not Irish. He was born in Wales, a Roman territory at the time, in 385 AD and was raised in a wealthy family. His given name was Maewyn, though some say it was Succat, a Celtic word meaning victorious. His father was a Roman official so Maewyn was also known as Patricus. When he was 16 he was captured by a clan of Irish marauders and taken to Ireland as a slave. Once in Ireland, he was sent to County Antrim to be a shepherd. During this time, he worked as a shepherd, outdoors and away from people. Lonely and afraid, he turned to his religion for solace, becoming a devout Christian. After six years as a slave, Patrick escaped and made his way back to his family. He began studying in a monastery and there heard the voice of God' telling him to return to Ireland to convert the Pagans to Christianity. This he did as Bishop to Ireland in 432. His first church was in Saul in Northern Ireland.

Heres an intersting St. Patrick's Day fact: (courtsy of For the past 43 years the Chicago River turns green for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade celebration. One would ask how this is different from the rest of the year when the river is always a murky shade of green. The difference is both significant and breathtaking because the color green -->
is identical to the greens of Ireland from where it got its name “The Emerald Isle.”

So, how are we supposed to celebrate this interesting holiday? (Besides drinking) I'm not exactly sure, but, you can go over to Renee's BLOG (Black n' Gold Girl's Book Spot) and help her celebrate her 1 yr. blogaversary! Great authors, awesome posts and fantastic giveaways. Be sure to stop by! It's sure to be a lot of fun!
Have a Happy St. Patrick's, Y'all! And, Go mbeannai Dia duit!(May God Bless You!)


  1. I knew about St. Patrick, but not about the river! I'm not sure if I should be gross outed or intriguied. :) Why do America's even celebrate this day anyway?? Have a great day, Ashley!

  2. LOL I'm not sure why we do. But since St. Patrick isn't even Irish, I'm not sure why the Irish celebrate it either;)
    Have a great day, and make sure you ware green(I've already had to pinch my mom and dad today!)LOL jk :)
    Love Ya,

  3. You know, I did wear green today, but not on purpose! I don't really do this day. :)

  4. Good for you, Casey!LOL Funny thing is, that nobody here knew it was even St. Patrick's today.

    I don't celebrate St. Pat's day either but, I LOVE Ireland (people, food, places etc...)so, I thought I'd at least post something about it. And I wore my brightest green shirt I own, just for the fun it! LOL
    Love Ya,


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