St Patricks Day Gifts / February 18, 2019 / Cindy Navarro
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.
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.
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.