St Patricks Day Gifts / February 16, 2019 / Laurel Hawkins
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.
Thus a shamrock is given lot of reverence in Ireland. Leprechuans or Irish fairy people are also associated with St. Patrick s festival. In Irish mythology a leprechaun is a type of elf said to inhabit the island of Ireland. In recent times the St. Patrick s Day celebrations in Dublin have been extended to a week-long event called St. Patrick s Festival encompassing a spectacular fireworks display (Skyfest) open-air music street theater and the traditional parade. Over one million people attended the celebrations in 2004. St. Patrick s Day is celebrated worldwide by the Irish and those of Irish descent.
The Irish aren t much like the people that Irish Americans pretend to be on St Patricks Day. But please don t take our stereotypes away. We love them so. Descendents of those who immigrated during the Irish potato famines of the 18th and 19th century generally only have St Patricks Day to remind them of those long ago ancestral ties. We may not have any real understanding of the country at all. Still we must beg pardon of the modern Irish citizenry and continue our traditions. So with tongue in cheek every American who likes a mid-March excuse to celebrate professes to be partly of Irish ancestry.