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St.Patrick’s Day

Posted by cotojo on March 14, 2008

Happy St.Patrick’s Day

St Patrick’s day traditionally falls on the 17th of March, however this year it has been brought forward to the 15th of March by order of the Roman Catholic Church to avoid conflicting with Holy Monday.

St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, was born in Wales somewhere around AD 385. His real name was Maewyn. Until he was 16, he considered himself to be a pagan and was sold into slavery by a group of Irish marauders that raided his village and during his time in captivity he became closer to God.

Six years later he escaped from slavery and went to a monastery in Gaul where he studied under St. Germain for twelve years. It was during this training that he realised that it was his calling to convert the Irish pagans to Christianity and his wishes were to return to Ireland.

However, his superiors appointed St. Palladius who transferred to Scotland two years later. Patrick was then appointed as second bishop to Ireland. He was quite successful at converting many pagans, which upset the Celtic Druids and he was arrested several times but manged to escape each time.

He travelled across Ireland, establishing schools, churches and monasteries across the country which would help him in converting the Irish to Christianity. His mission lasted some thirty years, after which he retired to County Down.

He died on 17th March in AD 461 and this day has since been commemorated as St. Patrick’s Day.

There is a great deal of Irish folklore surrounding St.Patrick’s Day including the belief that he raised people from the dead and also gave a sermon from a hilltop to drive all snakes out of Ireland, although there were no native species.

Shamrock aka TrefoilThe shamrock is a traditional icon of St.Patrick’s Day because it tells how Patrick used the three-leaved shamrock to explain how the Trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit could exist as separate parts of the same being. His followers took to wearing a shamrock in celebration.

The St. Patrick’s Day custom came to America in 1737. That was the first year St. Patrick’s Day was publicly celebrated in Boston.

Today, St.Patrick’s Day is celebrated with large parades, the wearing of the green and drinking beer.

Happy St.Patrick’s Day

Go raibh tú daibhir i mí-áidh
Agus saibhir i mbeannachtaí
Go mall ag déanamh namhaid, go luath a déanamh carad,
Ach saibhir nó daibhir, go mall nó go luath,
Nach raibh ach áthas agat
Ón lá seo amach.

Translated:
May you be poor in misfortune,
Rich in blessings,
Slow to make enemies,
quick to make friends,
But rich or poor, quick or slow,
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward.
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13 Responses to “St.Patrick’s Day”

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  2. cotojo said

    Max – Thank you sweetie 😀
    I will post it asap.
    Have a wonderful day,
    Take care my dear friend,
    Colin

  3. Hey Colin,

    Dear, you have been tagged:

    http://maxcouti.blogspot.com/2008/03/2-tags-page-161-if-i-were.html

    Cheerio

  4. cotojo said

    Max – Happy St.Patrick’s to you too sweetie 😀
    Few people know the history but many celebrate it LOL
    Have a wonderful day my dear friend,
    Colin

  5. Hey Colin,

    Happy St. Patricks, sweetie :D!
    Lovely story; I didn’t know his history (and I should be ashamed cause I have lived in London)…

    Anyway, I wish you a great day…and don’t drink too many pints! lol

    Cheers

  6. cotojo said

    Chris – Thank you my friend 🙂
    Yes there is a great deal of folklore surrounding St.Patrick’s Day, this just goes back to the roots so to speak.
    Happy St.Paddy’s Day to you too, have a good one 🙂
    Take care,
    Colin

  7. Chris said

    Very interesting. I have always heard the folklore side of it, but not the real story. Thanks for posting it Colin. Happy St Patty’s Day!

  8. cotojo said

    Joy – Thank you, and a Happy St.Patrick’s Day to you too sweetie :o)
    Have a wonderful weekend my dear friend,
    Take care,
    Colin

  9. Joy said

    Happy Saint Patrick Day Colin..

  10. cotojo said

    Tammy – It says Monday on my calendar too LOL
    Green isn’t a color I would wear and I don’t celebrate St. Paddy’s Day either, but my mother did 🙂
    As for what I was thinking about you’ll have to ponder upon that one hahaha
    Take care Babe,
    Colin

  11. Tammy said

    It still says it’s on Monday on my calendar. Since I’m English/Scottish and I don’t look good in green it’s usually not a big deal to me, but of course the kids always get a pot of chocolate coins.

    p.s. what were you thinking about?

    Talk to you later Babe!
    Tammy

  12. cotojo said

    Maryt – Yes it is true that the Roman Catholic Church have decreed that St.Patrick’s Day is celebrated on the 15th this year, although it has not been widely publicised.
    Some things you can’t change, no matter how big they think they are 😆
    Lá Fhéile Pádraig Shona dhuit (my mother was Irish lol)
    Have a great day and enjoy the weekend ahead my dear friend,
    Colin

  13. Colin, is it true the Church has decreed that St. Pat’s is on Saturday this year? Isn’t that just like them to think they can change the date of St. Pat’s Day! Humph! Thanks for all the info. I will put up some Irish cottages later on today…Sláinte agus saol agat. 😀

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