St. Patrick's Day started out as a feast day for St. Patrick who was not even Irish. He was actually born in Britain and was kidnapped and brought to Ireland. He decided to stay, eventually becoming a priest who spent his life converting the Irish to Christianity and according to some, getting rid of all the snakes. St. Patrick used Shamrocks to illustrate the Holy Trinity and to show how the number three coincided with the 'Pagan' religion. http://globalnews.ca/news/1881172/st-patricks-day-2015
From the research that I did, I discovered that most of the traditions surrounding St. Patrick's Day were actually started in the U.S.A. They are the ones responsible for turning the day into a big party with parades dating back to the 1700's in Boston and New York. http://www.techtimes.com/articles
Personally, I do not really care about St. Patrick's Day. During my university years it was a good excuse to party and drink green beer at O'Reilly's (which had the best chicken wings around I might add). Now the biggest thing for me on St. Patrick's Day is remembering to send my children to school wearing green so they do not get the heck pinched out of them and to wish my brother and sister-in law a Happy Anniversary. Happy Anniversary you two! Maybe I will enjoy a pint of Guiness or an Irish Whiskey later in the day and start a new tradition for myself!
Thought of the day: If you can't drink and drive why do bars have parking lots?
Quote of the day: I try to be grateful for the abundance of the blessings that I have, for the journey that I am on and to relish each day as a gift. James McGreevey (American seminarian, politician)