St. Patricks Day will be here in a week – March 17th – for those of you who don’t know the official date but only know the date that we celebrate the big parade on Greenville Ave (It’s okay – I’m not judging). As I was thinking about this grand celebration that we have each year, I really didn’t know what we were exactly celebrating other than drinking lots of green beer and getting toasted with hundreds of other people. Here is a are some fun facts I found online about St. Patricks Day from Kaboose:
- St. Patrick’s Day is observed on March 17 because that is the feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. It is believed that he died on March 17 in the year 461 AD. It is also a worldwide celebration of Irish culture and history. St. Patrick’s Day is a national holiday in Ireland, and a provincial holiday in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
- St. Patrick was born in 385 AD somewhere along the west coast of Britain, possibly in the Welsh town of Banwen. At age 16, he was captured and sold into slavery to a sheep farmer. He escaped when he was 22 and spent the next 12 years in a monastery. In his 30s he returned to Ireland as a Christian missionary. He died at Saul in 461 AD and is buried at Downpatrick.
Now that you know everything that you need to know about St. Patrick’s Day – let’s get ready for Saturday’s parade. Drink lots of water and get as much rest as you can because once Saturday morning comes you should be out on Greenville enjoying a nice green beer!