Sunday, March 09, 2014

Shamrock Week

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Who is St. Patrick?

People all over the world celebrate on the 17th of March in honor of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. While some cities have parades, most revelers wear green, and a few families commemorate the day with traditional Irish fare for their meal. However, not everyone may know who St. Patrick is.
St. Patrick was born in Britain during the 4th century and kidnapped and enslaved by Irish raiders when he was just a teenager. Although he was able to escape after six years and become a priest in Britain, he later chose to return to Ireland as a missionary, in order to help spread the teachings of Christianity to pagans. According to Irish folklore, he also used a shamrock to explain the Christian concept of Trinity to the Irish. He died on March 17th and was canonized by the local church.


St. Patrick's Day was first publicly celebrated in Boston in 1737 where a large population of Irish immigrants resided. Nearly 200 years later, the first St. Patrick's Day parade in the Irish Free State was held in Dublin in 1931. During the mid 90's, the Irish government also began a campaign to promote tourism in Ireland on March 17th.

 



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