Monday, March 17, 2008

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Did you know...

St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17 in honor of the anniversary of Saint Patrick's death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for thousands of years.

On St. Patrick's Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat are waived and people dance, drink, and feast—on the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage.

The first St. Patrick's Day parade took place not in Ireland, but in the United States. Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City on March 17, 1762. Along with their music, the parade helped the soldiers to reconnect with their Irish roots, as well as fellow Irishmen serving in the English army.

Just a little knowledge about what makes today so special. I hope you have a...

1 comment:

Whitney said...

I never knew until today the significance of St. Patty's day. I was never much of a St. Patrick's Day fan. Green is not my best color. ;-)