It’s safe to say, there are many traditions and festivities worldwide, but there’s nothing that’s being celebrated as widely as honoring the old St Patrick’s. I would go as far as saying that it’s a global day that most religions and countries seem to agree on.
The tales about St Patrick vary from captivity, getting rid of all snakes in Ireland (he left some rotten scoundrels behind in the Government) and inner voices. But, one thing is certain, he was a British priest that was a missionary in Ireland, trying to convert the Irish Celtics to become Christians. A quick look back, and it’s pretty clear that his mission was successful as the majority of the Irish population are Christians (protestants and Catholics alike).
Given his great influence on Irish myth and history, it’s no surprise that he was made a saint and is honored annually. The “Apostle of Ireland” was born 17 March, hence the Irish are celebrating his birthday every year with the color green and shamrocks – the latter was used as a symbol of the Holy Trinity … the Irish way.
In later years, St Patrick’s birthday grew too large parades, week-long parties and most large cities + landmarks turn green on this great occasion.
Considering that there are about 4.5 million Irish people, it’s absolutely amazing how many Irish people come out f the woodwork on this day of days. Anybody with a grain or Irish roots dress up in green and the rest of the World’s population become Irish that day too. Going by a large amount of shamrocks and green profile pictures popping up on Facebook, the global Irish population must be around 0.5 billion.
We are extremely proud of being half Irish and we happily participate in celebrating the old man Paddy with full Irish breakfast, soda bread, Shepherds Pie, Bailey and of course the Black stuff.
On the day, we travel to Pearl River to be with all our friends, watching 2 hours of parade consisting of marching bands, military bands, Irish dancing troops, veterans, old cars and each county from the mothership represented with banners and cheers.
Back in Ireland, the parade consists more of large theme-based floats, a few marching bands and then more floats. This year is also named ‘The Gathering‘ in Ireland, as the Irish tourist board attempts to increase tourism and appealing to all Irish rooted people to come “home” to celebrate.
I’m certain that there will be consumed very large quantities of Guinness throughout the World and I’ll contribute to the myth that Irish people like to drink the Black stuff. No better way to support the Irish economy.
How are you celebrating ye auld man Paddy?
Are you joining the Gathering?
Have a wonderful St Patrick’s Day where-ever you are 🙂