St Patricks Day Gifts / February 17, 2019 / Gladys Hayden
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.
On March 17 1762 Irish soldiers who served in the English military marched through New York City. The parade and music stirred their emotions and brought back memories of Ireland and fellow soldiers they had lost. Irish Americans began observing the holiday publicly in Boston and held the first St. Patrick s Day Parade (organized by the Charitable Irish Society) in New York City in 1766. Even today the St. Patrick Day parade is a mixture of religious beliefs and many people go to Ireland for the festivities fireworks and the parade. Parades take place in other places too: London Paris Rome Moscow Beijing Hong Kong Singapore as well as throughout the Americas.
While it is true that February 14th is all about romance that particular holiday can sometimes put too much pressure on first-time daters. Needless to say it can prove more than awkward to head out on a first date on the day dedicated to lovers and passion. If you are not sure you want to deal with the kind of pomp and circumstance that goes along with a Valentines Day first date wait a month and you will not be disappointed. When you select the greenest of holidays as the backdrop for you first date you will find festive celebrations abound that can take the trouble out of planning and put the emphasis more on fun rather than romancing too heavily.