St Patrick’s Day – What’s the Fuss?

Green beer, public holidays in some parts of the world, green clothes…all to be sure to be sure.

happy-st-patricks-dayBut as one little puzzled face in the region looked up, with head popping out of a green shirt asked today, “What’s it for?”

Today we celebrate St Patrick’s Day one of the most recognized Feast Days in the Christian calendar of events.

The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. It aims to highlight and celebrate the heritage and christen culture of the Irish.

And apart from having become a great day to drink and act out or up, Saint Patrick’s Day or the Feast of Saint Patrick serves to recognize the foremost patron saint of Ireland and the influence of the Irish and Christianity around the world.

Fables and stories abound of St Patrick, who among other things is credited by some as ridding Ireland of snakes.

Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Lutheran Church.

guinessCelebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, cèilidhs, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks…and drinking, lots of it really.

Christians also attend church services and historically the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day, which, is said to “Encourage and propagate the holiday’s tradition of alcohol consumption.”

Saint Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador and Montserrat.

It is also widely celebrated by the Irish descendants and Christians and well, a lot of us around the globe but especially in Great Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, here and New Zealand.

In fact, Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated in more countries than any other national festival.

So, there you have it – That’s what it is all about.

Enjoy it. To be sure, To be sure.