Thursday, March 17, 2016

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

We hope you are celebrating today by wearing green and maybe indulging in a dinner of corned beef and cabbage and maybe, just maybe washing it down with a Guinness or maybe a good Irish Whiskey.

To celebrate the day we are sharing just a few fun facts about St. Patrick and some holiday traditions...

  • He was born in England and brought to Ireland by pirates where he was forced into slavery!
  • He often used shamrocks to explain the Holy Trinity and entire kingdoms were eventually converted to Christianity after hearing Patrick's message.
  • Traditionally, every year, the Irish leader hands a crystal bowl full of shamrock to the US President. The shamrock, grown in Kerry, is immediately destroyed by the Secret Service after the exchange.
  • There are no snakes in Ireland and it is believed that St. Patrick banished them to the sea after he was attacked. 
  • The first St. Patrick's Day parade was not in Ireland, but in Boston in 1737
  • Green was not the original color associated with St. Patrick. Blue was! Imagine blue beer! 
Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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