B f L Day 13: Happy Day o'the Green!

I'm not Irish. And I don't drink beer. And bright green isn't really my color. So why on earth am I doing a St Patrick's Day post?

[Ignore the 40 days of blogging pressure, and scraping bottom for ideas...]

Because it's a really cool story, that's why!

My 10 minutes of research has proven that this Saint Patrick had a very interesting life! Let's look at some of it, shall we?

  1. This tradition dates back to around 400 a.d. That's a long freaking time ago, and yet the legend continues!
  2. At 16, Patrick was captured by pirates and sold as a slave in Ireland. His owner was a pagan priest of Druidism. He escaped after about six years of slavery.
  3. He entered the priesthood in France, and after about 20 years, was allowed to go to Ireland to convert the pagans there. In his years there, he converted thousands to Christianity.
  4. He is said to have used the three-leafed shamrock to explain the holy trinity. 
  5. The legend that St Patrick banished all the snakes from Ireland is usually discounted because snakes don't live on islands that were glaciers at one point. But it's a good story.
  6. March 17th is widely believed to be the date of his death, and is widely celebrated with feasting. And green beer. 
"If they can dye it green one day, why can't they dye it blue the rest of the year?"
There ya go -- a little trivia for your St Patty's day celebration. I hope you're wearing something green!

And let's all hope that this really IS the sign that spring is almost here!

Comments

  1. We never celebrated St Patty's day back home now that I am in London people celebrate it and I was just reading all about it, very interesting and people do make it lot of fun...thanks for sharing :)

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