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St. Patrick's Day
March 01, 2009

St. Patrick's Day

You don't have to be Irish or green to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day. And a little knowledge about the Holiday makes it even more intresting. Keep reading below to check out some facts about this Happy Holiday. After soaking in the knowledge, browse through the various fun and useful St. Patrick's Day items we have just for you.

Who Was Saint Patrick Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated to honor Saint Patrick, a missionary credited with converting the Irish to Christianity. It is believed that he was not even Irish. Some say he was born in either Scotland or in Roman Britain. When he was around 60 years old, St. Patrick traveled to Ireland and spread the Christian word.

Although it is said that Patrick wasn’t born in Ireland, but his evangelization of Ireland has caused him to become more closely associated with it than any other Christian figure. It is due to this intimate association that Saint Patrick’s Day has become more of a celebration of Irish culture and history than of anything related to Christianity and Christian doctrine.

The Shamrock The shamrock is one of Ireland's most famous symbols. It is said that Saint Patrick used the shamrock, or seamorg, and it's 3 leaves to explain the concept of the Trinity - the father, son, and the Holy Spirit. The shamrock is also associated with good luck! Many people wear shamrocks on St. Patrick's Day.

Leprechaun The legendary leprechaun is an elf-like creature. In most representations he looks like a small, old man. Leprechauns like to spend their time alone making shoes. They live in the woods and hide from everyone, but maybe this has something to do with their mysterious pots of gold! The leprechauns are said to keep their pots of gold at the end of the rainbow. Some stories say if a leprechaun likes you, he will share his gold. Others stories say you must catch a leprechaun, and then he will take you to his pot of gold.

Blarney Stone The famous Blarney Stone is not pretend, it really exists! It is set in the wall of the Blarney Castle in the Irish village of, what else, Blarney. You can visit and kiss the Blarney stone, but it is not an easy fete. To reach the Blarney stone, you must lie down on your back and bend your head backwards and downwards to reach it. It is said that kissing the Blarney Stone will give you the gift of blarney, or speaking convincingly to all you meet!

Snake The story goes that St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland and into the sea. He did this by beating on a drum. It was believed that snakes were a symbol of evil and by driving them away St. Patrick helped to rid Ireland of evil.

St Patrick’s Day People commonly wear green on Saint Patrick’s Day, either in honor of Irish culture generally or because they themselves have Irish heritage. Sometimes, people even color their beer green. The color green has nothing to do with Christianity, although it is an important symbol for Islam. Saint Patrick’s Day parades are popular in cities all over America, but these parades don’t do anything to promote or endorse Christianity — they are all about Ireland and what Irish immigrants have done in America.

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St. Patrick's Day 2009

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