March 17, 2010
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
March 17 is always such a fun day. People seem to really, really like St. Patrick’s Day, and enjoy it so festively. Whether you’re in Ireland or in Chicago, people will be going crazy in green. Actually, speaking of Chicago, I’d love to see the Chicago River on St. Paddy’s Day sometime. Oh well, I guess I’ll just have to watch The Fugitive instead.
St. Patrick’s Day became an official holiday in Ireland in 1903. Seems late, doesn’t it? I always thought it was this time-honored tradition spanning over centuries. Well, the they’ve been celebrating it since possibly before the 1600s–it’s just that it only became recognized, officially, in 1903. Actually, if you think about it, St. Patrick’s Day was ahead of its time, considering Ireland wasn’t declared its own republic until 1949!
Ever wonder why it’s centered around alcohol, too? That isn’t a new tradition: rumor has it that St. Patrick’s Day used to be used as a one-day break from Lent so that people could drink alcohol. Ohhh, the Irish. Actually, the famous clover–three-leafed, not the rarer four–symbolizes the Catholic Holy Trinity. See? Everything connects!
So don’t forget to wear green, find a leprechaun and a pot of gold, get some four-leafed clovers for luck, kiss some Blarney stone, drink some beer, eat some potatoes and corned beef, hang out with your friends Mary O’Sullivan and Seamus O’Malley and and have a great time! (Think I’ve exhausted all of the stereotypes? Sorry, Irish people.)
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