Monday, March 19, 2007

St Patrick's Day


ST. PATRICK'S DAY


There is an observation I need to make; how did St. Patrick's day become to be the 'drunkiest' day of the year in America?? And while the green dye might work well in the Chicago River, it doesn't make the beer taste that good.

Ireland's bishop in the early 450's AD, Patrick established monasteries all over the green land and convereted many to christianism. He died on Mar 17th, 461 AD, and later throught the cannonization process of the catholic church, that day became a national holiday for the Irish people. Considered a feast on the Roman Catholic Church calendar (a day to celebrate or remember saints), this day has transformed itself from its irish roots of a gathering of families with a big huge dinner (sort of a thanksgiving day), to an american excuse to carry license to go out, drink and get drunk. I take it that from the famous, or infamous, perception of irish people drinking and celebrating, everyone ended up thinking this is what you do on that day.

Here is a another interesting tidbit on St Patrick's Day. The famous shamrock that people pinned to their clothes, or hats, was made famous by St. Patricks, as, during his sermons he would utilize this leaf to explain the holy trinity as three separate entities being one. The Catholic Irish would then wear this symbol as demonstration of their religious faith.

So there is my observation as to the contrast of what its supposed to be, and what it is.

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4 Comments:

Blogger erika said...

Well what eles are you supposed to do on St. Patty's day??

2:29 PM  
Blogger TMelendez said...

Erika.. in your case.. St Patrick died on eveyr day of the year...!!!!!

:) T

6:27 PM  
Blogger erika said...

Ok it is NOT ST. Pattys days anymore?

9:34 AM  
Blogger erika said...

It is now freakin summer!! Just sayin

9:48 AM  

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