Date: Mar 17, 2016: St. Patrick’s Day is also Called: St. Paddy’s Day, Feast Day, St. Patty’s Day and Its Celebrations are Parades, Eating special Irish dishes, Organizing green themed parties.
St. Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in Canada. The day is celebrated every year on 17th March or a Monday closest to 17th March. This festival is celebrated to honor St. Patrick, an Irish Saint who helped convert the people of Ireland to Christianity.
The first recorded celebrations of St. Patrick’s Day were in 1759 by a group of Irish soldiers who fought on the side of the British army. St. Patrick is believed to have been born in a rich family. However, in his teenage years, he was captured and sent as a slave to Ireland. During his years in captivation, he is believed to have become religiously inclined and started believing profusely in God. After certain years in captivation, he managed to flee from his captivators and rejoin his family. In the latter part of his life, he is believed to have come back to Ireland as a missionary. In the 5th century, he helped convert the people of Ireland to Christianity and also helped “drive off snakes” from Ireland. “Snakes” is believed to be a reference to evil forces present in the country. St. Patrick’s Day, also known as the Feast Day, is celebrated to commemorate the death anniversary of St. Patrick.
The festival was brought to Canada by Irish immigrants and continues to be celebrated on a large scale in Newfoundland, Labrador and Montreal. The day is celebrated in Canada with huge fervor in Irish dominated regions. The street parade in Montreal on this day is one of the longest and the most attended parades in all over the world. Various parties are organized on this day and people can be seen drinking, eating and making merry. Some traditional dishes are associated with this day such as Colcannon which is a dish made from cabbage and mashed potatoes. Irish stew is also a traditional dish associated with this day.
Although the color blue was largely associated with this day in the early days of its celebration, color green has come to be associated with St. Patrick’s Day over the last many centuries. Green themed parties are organized in Canada and Ireland where the food, the drinks as well as the decorations and clothing are green in color.
Shamrock, the traditional symbol of Ireland, is largely associated with this festival. Although St. Patrick’s Day is not a public holiday in large parts of the world, still, it is one of the most widely celebrated saint days the world over.
Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us. -Socrates
An Irishman is never drunk as long as he can hold onto one blade of grass to keep from falling off the earth.
“The shamrock is a religious symbol. St. Patrick said the leaves represented the trinity: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. That’s why four leaf clovers are so lucky, you get a bonus Jesus.” -Stephen Colbert
You’ve heard I suppose, long ago, How the snakes, in a manner most antic, He marched to the county Mayo, And trundled them into th’ Atlantic ~William Maginn
If a man who cannot count finds a four-leaf clover, is he lucky? ~Stanislaw J. Lec
“St. Patrick — one of the few saints whose feast day presents the opportunity to get determinedly whacked and make a fool of oneself all under the guise of acting Irish.” — Charles M. Madigan
“Luck is believing you’re lucky.” – Tennessee Williams
May the luck of the Irish be with you! I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best. -Oscar Wilde
A blessing is a circle of light drawn around a person to protect, heal and strengthen. -John O’Donohue
“Same thing every year, getting up at the crack of dawn, drinking, fighting, throwing up, pissing on walls and then you leave the house and things get bad. ” -Greg Fitzsimmons
May your blessings outnumber The shamrocks that grow, And may trouble avoid you Wherever you go. ~Irish Blessing
Drink is the curse of the land. It makes you fight with your neighbor. It makes you shoot at your landlord-and it makes you miss him.
It is better to spend money like there’s no tomorrow than to spend tonight like there’s no money!
Murder is always a mistake…One should never do anything that one cannot talk about after dinner.
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