Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Well today is March 17th, that means you better be wearing green! I did some research and everything was so dry and boring. I was raised Catholic for about the first 5 yrs of life, don't remember a whole lot!!!
St. Patrick was born in England, kidnapped, taken to Ireland and enslaved. He escaped to France, returned to England and had a vision that he should preach to the Irish.
His favorite color was blue, so how did green become the color of St. Pat's day?
St. Patrick used the Shamrock, a three-leafed plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the Pre Christian Irish. Each leaf represented The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. Modern society took the Shamrock as the symbol and the color, and some people feel it is obnoxious! I think it is all part of the fun!
We aren't sure when St. Pat's day started being celebrated outside of Ireland, but the first parade in America was in Boston in 1737. NYC began the tradition in 1762. Chicago, my birthplace, followed suit later, and since 1962 has the time honored tradition of DYEING the Chicago RIVER GREEN!
So, there is your history lesson for the day! Enjoy your day, and quick, put some green on before you get pinched!