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Thursday, 17 March 2005
St. Patrick's Day
Topic: Special Days
St. Patrick's Day

Leprechauns peeking,
Around a willow tree,
Pussy willows waking,
Longing to be free.
Colleens and shamrocks
And castles old and gray,
Put them all together
To make St. Patrick's Day
St. Patrick is the Patron Saint of Ireland and, in many countries, his day is also celebrated as the Feast Day for everybody called Patrick or Patricia. Did you know that, in Spain, 'el Dia de Santo' is more likely to be celebrated than a birthday? Everyone knows exactly when your feast day is and sends you best wishes for that day. That means my Spanish relatives are doubly lucky - they get Feast Days and Birthdays!

For people of Irish descent, St. Patrick?s Day conjures up visions of leprechauns, pots of gold and shamrocks. However, don?t forget that this is also a Religious Festival - I found this St. Patrick?s Day wish which highlights this aspect of the holiday:
St. Patrick plucked a shamrock
Out of Ireland?s sweet, green sod
And said, ?Behold,
A symbol of the Trinity of God!

Wishing you
the blessings of the Father
the love of the Son
and the peace
of the Holy Spirit.

Posted by Noviomagus at 12:14 GMT Post Comment | View Comments (2) | Permalink

Thursday, 17 March 2005 - 18:53 GMT

Name: Dave
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I must admit to not knowing much about said holiday - but I do have a tall green top hat somewhere with Guiness written across it :)

Friday, 18 March 2005 - 00:40 GMT

Name: Tessa

That’s what's great about Blog Writing. I didn’t know much about him either until I did some Google Searches! However, I found a lot of conflicting facts. He was born in Wales... He was born in Scotland... He died in 493 AD (this would make him 105 or 106)... He died in 460 AD. . He died in 461 AD... Who is correct? Anyway, the wearing of the green and drinking beer is a good way to celebrate.

Nutshell Biography: St. Patrick was born around 387 AD to a very well off family - his father came from a high-ranking Roman family. At fifteen or sixteen, he was kidnapped by marauding Irish pirates and sold as a slave to a pagan Celtic chieftain. He escaped after 6 years, managed to return home, became a priest and eventually went back to Ireland as a missionary and set about converting the Irish to Christianity. He died on 17th March.

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