Thursday, March 17, 2011

Top of the Morning to ya!


I thought I'd do a little piece about it seeing as my bf is from Irish decent.
So what is St Patricks day?

Saint Patrick's Day  is a religious holiday celebrated internationally on 17 March. It is named after Saint Patrick, the most commonly recognised of the patron saints of Ireland. It is observed by the Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church and Lutherans. Saint Patrick's Day was made an official feast day in the early 17th century, but has gradually become more of a secular celebration of Irish culture.

Saint Patrick's Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Newfoundland and Labrador and in Montserrat. It is also widely celebrated by the Irish diaspora, especially in places such as Great Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia, and New Zealand, among others.

Little is known of Patrick's early life, though it is known that he was born in Roman Britain in the 4th century, into a wealthy Romano-British family. His father and grandfather were deacons in the Church. At the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken captive to Ireland as a slave. It is believed he was held somewhere on the west coast of Ireland, possibly Mayo, but the exact location is unknown. According to his Confession, he was told by God in a dream to flee from captivity to the coast, where he would board a ship and return to Britain. Upon returning, he quickly joined the Church in Auxerre in Gaul and studied to be a priest.
In 432, he again said that he was called back to Ireland, though as a bishop, to Christianise the Irish from their native polytheism. Irish folklore tells that one of his teaching methods included using the shamrock to explain the Christian doctrine of the Trinity to the Irish people. After nearly thirty years of evangelism, he died on 17 March 461, and according to tradition, was buried at Downpatrick. Although there were other more successful missions to Ireland from Rome, Patrick endured as the principal champion of Irish Christianity and is held in esteem in the Irish Church.


Alison said...

Great post. From what I've heard St. Patrick's Day is a bigger deal in the US than in Ireland. Funny how we change things into a party.

Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic said...

Thanks for the post. I am ashamed to admit that I never knew any of it previous to your post.

mel u said...

Great post

I would like to invite you to consider participating in

Irish Short Story Week-3/14 to 3/20

Niecole said...

Thanks everyone!
I didnt know much about it either, but I really wanted to find out, and I'm glad you liked it :)