THE FIRST ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!

In honor of today I felt it was only appropriate to share with you some of the history behind this joyous holiday!!!

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HISTORY OF ST. PATRICK’S DAY

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17, the saint’s religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years. On St. Patrick’s Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were waived and people would dance, drink and feast–on the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage.

ST. PATRICK AND THE FIRST ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

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 was credited with bringing Christianity to its people. In the centuries following Patrick’s death (believed to have been on March 17, 461), the mythology surrounding his life became ever more ingrained in the Irish culture: Perhaps the most well known legend is that he explained the Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) using the three leaves of a native Irish clover, the shamrock.

To learn more and see fun videos about the history of St. Patrick’s Day follow the link below…..

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Today is a day to celebrate, but lets not get too carried away! As we all know the drinks are abundant and the food is wonderful, but we should still remember to be safe, first and foremost! So please if you attend any restaurants or bars, throughout any portion of today or tonight… please be SAFE, and DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE! After all this holiday should be as fun as it seemed to be when they first celebrated it, we just can’t forget what its truly about!

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