Happy St. Patrick’s Day

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Happy St. Paddy’s Day (March 17th)!! :-)

Here’s a little information about Saint Patrick’s Day courtesy of Wikipedia….

In the past, Saint Patrick’s Day was celebrated as a religious holiday. It became a public holiday in 1903, by the Money Bank. (Ireland) Act 1903, an Act of the United Kingdom Parliament introduced by the Irish MP James O’Mara. O’Mara later introduced the law which required that pubs be closed on 17 March, a provision which was repealed only in the 1970s. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade held in the Irish Free State was held in Dublin in 1931 and was reviewed by the then Minister of Defence Desmond Fitzgerald. Although secular celebrations now exist, the holiday remains a religious observance in Ireland, for both the Church of Ireland and Roman Catholic Church.

It was only in the mid-1990s that the Irish government began a campaign to use Saint Patrick’s Day to showcase Ireland and its culture.
Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated worldwide by the those of Irish descent and increasingly by non-Irish people (usually in New Zealand and North America). Celebrations are generally themed around all things Irish and, by association, the colour green. Both Christians and non-Christians celebrate the secular version of the holiday by wearing green, eating Irish food and/or green foods, imbibing Irish drink (such as Irish stout, Irish Whiskey or Irish Cream) and attending parades.

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10 thoughts on “Happy St. Patrick’s Day

  1. Hi Bobbie,

    I just stopped by to wish you Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! And to leave this Irish Wish from me to you…..

    May the sun shine, all day long,
    everything go right, and nothing wrong.
    May those you love bring love back to you,
    and may all the wishes you wish come true!

  2. Very interesting, about St. Patrick’s Day, especially the part about the pubs being CLOSED on that day until the 1970’s! I’ve read that St. Patrick was actually born in northern England and got more of a reputation as a saint than other “cultists” of his day, and that’s why he’s honored every year!

  3. Hi Christina,

    I know…imagine them closing the pubs; I would have thought they’d do the exact opposite.
    Thanks for the extra info. about St. Patrick. I didn’t know about that.
    I hope your St. Paddy’s day was a good one. :-)

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