St Patricks Day Gifts / February 15, 2019 / Kelly Roberson
He was the grandson of a priest and the son of a tax collector. As a teen in the early 400 s Patrick was captured and brought over from Scotland to be a slave in pagan Ireland. For six years he slaved as a shepherd herding pigs and sheep and began to have religious visions. While spending time in prayer Patrick found himself retreating back to the God he had learned about when he was younger. Inspired by a dream he successfully escaped his bondage and went back to England traveling throughout the region. How did it begin? Irish immigrants coming to America brought their love of Saint Patrick with them.
A major parade takes place in Dublin and in most other Irish towns and villages. The three largest parades of recent years have been held in Dublin New York and Birmingham England. Parades also take place in other centers London Paris Rome Moscow Beijing Hong Kong Singapore and throughout the Americas. In the United States St. Patrick s Day would not be St. Patrick s Day unless the Chicago River is dyed green. Also St. Paddy s Day has little religious or historical significance. Established in Boston in 1737 it is essentially a time to put on a "Kiss Me I m Irish" button and parade drunken through the streets singing a mangled version of "Danny Boy" in celebration of one s real or imagined Irish ancestry.
Hosting a dinner or party for any age group will be more politically correct when attention is given to actual cultural images. Celtic historical crafts and Gaelic lettered items as well as Celtic music will lend more accuracy. Folk dance or DVD s of popular dance could be offered for entertainment. More sophisticated guests might enjoy readings from the poetry of Ireland which is rich and varied. Most of us will descend into the habit of bad Irish accents and excessive imbibing. It is the American way. Don t drink and drive. What Is Saint Patricks Day? Saint Patrick is a patron saint of Ireland.