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This Saturday, March 17th is St Patrick’s Day!

Posted on Mar 12, 2012 by in Active Rain | 0 comments

This Saturday, March 17th is St Patrick’s Day!

St Patrick’s Day is largely celebrated by Irish-Americans. Having lived in Boston, MA for over 10 plus years I have learned to accept it, even though it is not a federal holiday in the United States,  in Boston it was treated as such. Alcoholic drinks and food would start around 11:30am and continue on until you ran out of energy or passed out. Most people celebrated St Patrick’s Day by wearing green clothing and drinking traditional “green beer” or other “green alcoholic” beverage.

St Patrick's Day by Sean Locke

Having relocated to Los Angeles, I have learned that Angelinos are not clueless; rather they just do not celebrate St Patrick as Bostonians do. This does not make them less “Irish Traditionalists” after all even in Ireland St Patrick’s Day was just a minor religious holiday until the 1970’s.

Basically St Patrick’s Day as we know it today, was invented in the United States by Irish-Americans. It was a way to pay respect to the saint and also create as well as strengthen their Irish ethnic identity.

Photo by Taylor S Kennedy (national geographic)

Interestingly St Patrick was not even Irish. He was born in England around 390 A.D. He was kidnapped and made a slave in Ireland St Patrick died on March 17th, 461 A.D. and was forgotten about.

According to legend St Patrick used the thee leaves of a shamrock to explain the Christian holy trinity (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) Hence the wild growing thee leaf clover became a symbol of St Patrick’s Day.

Ironically  now days, the St Patrick’s Day Parade,drinking until one becomes silly and packing the pubs has returned  to Ireland and the population has  embraced this new tradition in Ireland as well.

So with that said:

Sláinte chugat

Good health to you.


A bit of trivia: When they say to you ‘Top of the morning to you’ respond with  ‘And the rest of the day to you’. Also enjoy St Patrick’s Day in moderation.


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