The Meaning Behind St. Patrick's Day

Do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day?

March 12, 2019

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This Sunday many people will be wearing green and getting drunk ( in a nut shell ). If you're a little more tame, you're prepping your corned beef and cabbage and you have your green food coloring ready ( if you're anything like my mother) to dye everything in sight.

Then there are some people that ( although they like to partake in the celebrations, think it's a "useless" holiday. In actuality, it's a holy holiday. So, If you've ever wondered why the Irish celebrate this holiday, here is a simple explanation in a nut shell.

Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. You probably already knew at least that much. He was a Christian missionary given credit with converting Ireland to Christianity (hence the patron saint part). In true holiday tradition, yes this was a very very long time ago. In fact, it was in the AD 400s. There are many legends surrounding his life that the truth is not easily found. Here is a little fun fact about our Saint. St Patrick was not actually Irish. Oh, the irony. 

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So, today I'm going to teach you something that my mother (who is Irish) taught me when I was very little.  This Sunday, if someone says to you "Top of the Morning To Ya!", the proper response is, " And the rest of the day to you." 

And now you know. 

Cheers! Let's go have some green beer!