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The Origin of Saint Patrick’s Day

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What is the big celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day all about? Many people don’t know why we wear green or why the old superstitious saying pinch me if I don’t wear green comes from. First, let’s look at another name for Saint Patrick’s Day. The other name is Feast of Saint Patrick. Saint Patrick was known as the “Patron Saint” or guardian angel. The celebrations have brought on negative criticism of the Irish, which is where the phrase “drunken Irish” comes from. It’s a stigmatism that many have placed upon a more saintly group than one knows. The Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church and the Lutheran Church back in the 17th century reserved the sacred communion as a Christian feast day. This day honors Saint Patrick and Christianity Ireland. Festivals are attended where people where Shamrocks while eating and drinking. The day is widely celebrated.






Musical dances at the Ceilidh is one of the events along with parades and festivals. One of the biggest events is the wetting or drowning of the Shamrock. The Shamrock is soaked in a beverage i.e. beer, cider or whiskey (Irish) and drank, it is then swallowed or thrown over the shoulder for good luck.






The Irish Prime Minister (Taoiseach) travels the area and celebrates. The keeping of the tradition of presenting the Waterford Crystal Bowl of Shamrocks to the White House as part of the celebration is also carried out.

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