Tuesday, March 17, 2015

St. Patrick's Day - Did You Know?

So it would seem today is St. Patrick's Day.

Now it's common knowledge that St. Patrick's Day, celebrated on March 17, is well associated with green-colored whatnots, leprechauns and pot 'o golds, parades, drinking, parties, and a vague recollection of some guy named St. Patrick.

But did you know that St. Patrick's Day is really the saint’s religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in the fifth century? Well of course you knew that!
Saint Patrick, who lived during the fifth century, is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. Born in Roman Britain, he was kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave at the age of 16. He later escaped, but returned to Ireland and brought Christianity to its people (source).
Well I shan't go into all the St. Patrick's Day factual details because, quite frankly, I don't have that kind of time. 

But because history is grand, you definitely ought to do a little research on this holiday yourself. And in the future, do research on holidays in general. 

Why do we celebrate the holidays we do? What's the significance? And let me tell you, drinking and partying rarely have anything to do with the holiday celebrated.

ENJOY this fantastic factual chart from History.com on St. Patrick's Day below:

Don't forget to wear green! ;)

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