Sunday, March 17, 2013

What should we know about St Patrick's Day?

Hi! Do you know what special day it is today? It is...

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St Patrick's Day!

How much do we know about this day?

First of all we should know that St Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. What is interesting, however, is that he was born in Britain. 

He was born around 385 AD to Roman parants Calpurnius and Conchessa. We don't know exactly where they were living, but the rumor has it they could have lived either in Scotland or Wales :) 
His life wasn't a bed of roses because when he was 14 years old he was captured and taken to Ireland. There he had to spend 6 long years in slavery. His job was herding sheep. 

He then managed to leave the island and returned to Ireland when he was in his 30s. This time, however, he returned a s a missionary to the Celtic pagans. It is believed that Patrick used the native shamrock as a symbol of the Holy Trinity when he was explaining to the pagans what God is. What is more, we should know that Patrick brought Latin to Ireland.

Patrick was a saint man and he was able to work miracles such as driving serpents out of Ireland. I am not sure if it's true or not because scientists say that post-glacial Ireland never had any snakes in the first place...
 
What should we wear on a day like today? Well, the answer is... whatever you wish... :) but it must be green! This is one of the ways we can commemorate St Patrick's use of the shamrock. There is also another color people often forget, i.e. blue... because it was the original color of Patrick's vestments.

So... if you wished to commemorate Patrick with some green beer toast, you should say the following:

May the roof above us never fall in, and may we friends beneath it never fall out.

St Patrick is said to have died on March 17 in 461AD. It is a national holiday in Ireland. Few people know this is also a special day on the island of Montserrat in the Caribbean as it was founded by Irish refugees. 

Is anything special going on today in Dublin? Of course! There is a parade that attracts hundreds of thousands of people! Take a look at what Dublin has to offer these days!

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