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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

St. Patricks Day: 411

That's right lassies, today is St. Patrick's Day. The one day of the year that no one will judge you for getting sh*t face drunk. Ok, not gonna lie, people will still judge but you'll most likely be too drunk to notice so it wont matter, haha.


In honor of today I have Googled gathered some interesting facts & information about St. Patrick's Day. Can I get YaY for information? Yay!!

Alrighty...here we go...

Origin: The origin of St. Patrick's Day was established as a religious feast day in honor of the death of St. Patrick, Ireland's patron saint. Traditionally St. Patrick's Day, observed on March 17th, is celebrated in Ireland and in many Irish communities throughout the world.

Who is St. Patrick?: St. Patrick was the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland who is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. St. Patrick is believed to have been born in the late fourth century. He is most known for driving the snakes out of Ireland; although that is probably more symbolic of him putting an end to pagan practices involving snakes. St. Patrick did however superimpose a sun, a powerful Irish symbol, onto the Christian cross to create what is known today as the Celtic cross.


Traditions:

  • Wearing green: This tradition isn't actually an Irish tradition. It is a U.S. custom, as as the color green is considered unlucky in Ireland. Green is connected to the old green flag and a time when Ireland was not free.
  • Eating Irish food: Each year, thousands of Irish Americans gather with their loved ones on St. Patrick's Day to share a "traditional" meal of corned beef and cabbage. Though cabbage has long been an Irish food, corned beef only began to be associated with St. Patrick's Day at the turn of the century. Irish immigrants living on New York City's Lower East Side substituted corned beef for their traditional dish of Irish bacon to save money.
  • Drinking Beer: Americans have embraced their own St. Patrick's Day tradition of drinking large amounts of Irish beer or green beer, which has no real historical Irish references at all
  • Pinching for not wearing Green
  • Listening to Irish music: After being conquered by the English, and forbidden to speak their own language, the Irish, like other oppressed peoples, turned to music to help them remember important events and hold on to their heritage and history. During her reign, Queen Elizabeth I even decreed that all artists and pipers were to be arrested and hanged on the spot.

*And, to spite Queen Elizabeth here is one of Rusty's favorite songs*


Irish Actors:


Happy St. Patrick's Day!



3 comments:

  1. *pinch pinch pinch*

    And, Jonathan Rhys Meyes is only the hottest guy of all time.

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  2. I wore green yesterday. All day long. Also, I've heard that St. Patrick was really Italian.

    http://www.italoamericano.com/italian%20connection/st%20patrick%20was%20italian.htm

    Interesting tidbit of information for next year's Googling ... err, research ;)

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  3. You def get a YAY for information.

    I'm a facts nerd. I can't remember what I need at the grocery store, but I promise you that I will soak this right up. I rock at trivia.

    I was sad that I didn't paint my nails green. It's my tradition. I kinda forgot. I did wear a green tank top, though.

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