I had no idea that St.Patricks day was a religious holiday or had religious roots.
I guess the name should have rung a bell, but all I associate with St.Patricks are crazy outfits, people drinking and “kiss me I’m Irish”.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to celebrate your ancestry, and awesome that the Irish are proud of being Irish, I’m just puzzled by the fact that it is originally a festivity to celebrate Christianity’s arrival/rise in popularity in Ireland.
And that Saint Patrick was a……… missionary. Say Whaaaat?
Apparently, Saint Patrick died on this day, so according to tradition the Irish would go to church on the 17th of May (?) , pubs would be closed (??? No Guinness???)
American Irish Immigrants re-invented the holiday. They faced a hard reality in America and wanted to show the world they were proud of their roots ( now that’s awesome!) and eventually it gave way to a more commercialised celebration. Which is what we see today.
I guess that this is the way most traditional celebrations go. My little brother got a Disney book for Christmas with, well Christmas stories, and according to these tales, Christmas is all about gifts. I remember sitting there reading this for my brother going…ehhhmm…whaaat? Is this the new official background story for Christmas?
But I guess that this is the way that all “traditions” end up being presented in the end.
So I guess….thumbs up to all of you who are proud to be Irish \m/
……and thumbs up to St.Patrick (?) for driving out the “snakes” (translation: heathens) out of Ireland….?
How would St.Patrick have felt about this holiday turning into a huge drunken binge?
Is it cool or is it not?
Are religious holidays spent celebrating in an old-fashioned style out of date?
Has it become irrelevant or is it more important than ever to know our history? You tell me.
“may you be a half hour in heaven before the devil knows your dead”–apparently an Irish saying, just loved the sound of it. Found it online somewhere 😛