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St. Patrick's Day Fun Facts

March 17, 2017

 

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!  I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate than sharing some fun facts about the holiday.  St. Patrick was born British and first visited Ireland when he was taken there as a slave.  He escaped and went back home, but later returned as a priest and we celebrate the day he died.  The color of St. Patrick's Day was originally blue, but was later changed to green in reference to the Irish independence movement in the late 18th century.  The shamrock is a metaphor for the Holy Trinity when St. Patrick was first introducing Christianity to Ireland.  In Irish lore, Saint Patrick gets credit for driving all the snakes out of Ireland. Modern scientists suggest that the job might not have been too hard.  According to the fossil record, Ireland has never been home to any snakes.  For most of the 20th century, Saint Patrick’s Day was considered a strictly religious holiday in Ireland, which meant that the nation’s pubs were closed for business on March 17.  Now you know just some of the history to this light blue/green holiday.  Be safe and don't drink and drive if you are out celebrating at the pub.

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