St Patricks Day Gifts / February 15, 2019 / Eve Callahan
Do the Irish celebrate Saint Patrick s Day? Saint Patricks Day is a holiday for the Irish people. It is a bank holiday in Northern Ireland and a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland Montserrat and the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. In the rest of Canada the United Kingdom Australia the United States and New Zealand it is widely celebrated but is not officially a holiday. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for thousands of years. Ireland s cities all hold their own parades and festivals. In recent years the celebrations in Dublin have been extended to a week-long event called St Patrick s Festival! Saint Patrick s Day is celebrated worldwide by Irish people and increasingly by non-Irish people (usually in Australia North America and Ireland) as well.
Just like St. Valentines Day St. Patrick s Day (i.e 17th March) commemorates the demise of the revered patronised Irish saint St. Patrick. So what is the legend behind St. Patrick which led to the association of a festival in his name and how is the day celebrated ? The story goes like this... Originally born (in later half of fourth century) to Roman parents in Scotland or Roman England (there are conflicting opinions regarding the place of birth) he was previously known by the name Maewyn Succat. He was given a Romanicized name Patricius leading to him being known as Patrick. Patrick was originally a pagan ( a non-believer of Christianity ). During his childhood he was kidnapped and sold as a slave to the Celtic Druids who then ruled Ireland.
You are likely to find not only an excellent meal but also live Irish music and plenty of holiday cheer. You and your new sweetie might have a hard time hearing each other over the commotion but if you really want to kick up your heels an Irish pub is the place to be on March 17th. Daytime picnic. If a little romancing is on your mind and the weather cooperates a daytime picnic in a park can prove perfect for this occasion. Consider a light lunch under the clouds and a hunt for four-leaf clovers. No matter what type of venue you choose do not forget to greet her with flowers. A holiday gift basket can also provide the perfect ice breaker.