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4 Fun Things to Do For Saint Patrick’s Day


When a person thinks about March 17th in Ireland, what things immediately pop to mind? Of course! Saint Patrick’s Day. The first Irish celebrations that took place in St. Patrick’s honour on the date of his death were noisy affairs in Ireland. Saint Patrick’s Day has been celebrated in North America since 1737. Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early seventeenth century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion , the Eastern Orthodox Church and Lutheran Church. It’s a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Newfoundland & Labrador and Montserrat. It is also widely celebrated by the Irish diaspora around the world; especially in Britain, Canada, United States, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand.

History of Saint Patrick

St. Patrick was born in Roman Britain in the fourth century, into a wealthy Romano-British family. At the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and brought to Ireland as a slave. He remained in captivity for six years. According to his Confession, he was told by God in a dream to flee from captivity to the coast, where he would board a ship and return to Britain. Upon returning, he quickly joined the Church in Auxerre in Gaul and studied to be a priest. Familiar with the Irish culture and language, he chose to incorporate traditional ritual into his lessons of Christianity instead of attempting to eradicate native Irish beliefs. In 432, he again said that he was called back to Ireland, though as a bishop, to Christianise the Irish from their native polytheism. After nearly thirty years of evangelism, he died on 17 March 461, and according to tradition, was buried at Downpatrick.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

This holiday is celebrated in Irish style. The green colour is commonly associated with this holiday and Irish people typically wear green clothing to participate in the revelry. Another item closely tied to Irish culture is the shamrock, or a three leaf clover. An old Irish tale recollects how Saint Patrick used the three leafs of the clover to represent the Holy Trinity, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Pubs serve green beer, people wear green clothing, and everywhere you can see Irish culture and customs. Here are 4 fun things you can do to up your level of Saint Paddy’s day cheer.

  1. Wear a Costume: There are some fantastic ones available and they are not very expensive. Dress as a Leprechaun if you’d like, or choose from several other popular choices.
  2. Go to a Saint Patrick’s Day Parade: This is totally fun for young and old, and many communities have them. You can easily find out all information about parades in your local newspaper, magazine and online. Numbers of excellent parades are organized by different communities in worldwide cities. They are generally extremely child friendly and great for the whole family. Size isn’t super important when it come to a fun parade.
  3. Cook an Irish Dish: Cook a traditional Irish meal – corn beef and cabbage and serve to family & friends with a good Irish brew. A quick look online or in an Irish cookbook will give you plenty of ideas, even for vegetarians dish also.
  4. Go to an Irish Pub: It is a traditional party holiday after all. Go to an Irish pub with your family or friends to enjoy parties, Irish food and lots of fun activities.

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