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The luck of the Irish is upon us.

March 20, 2014
James F Byrnes Freshman Academy

Saint Patrick’s Day, March 17, was made an official cultural and religious holiday in the seventeenth century.  

The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity of Ireland.  It also celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general

Little is known about the actual Saint Patrick’s life. He was kidnapped by Irish invaders and was held in captivity on an island. He said God told him in his dreams to flee the island and there would be a ship to take him to Britain, and so it happened.

 He died on 17 March, 461 AD.  That is now the day we celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day. Patrick endured as the principal champion of Irish Christianity.

 Why do we always wear green? Originally the color associated with Saint Patrick was blue.  Over the years the color green and its association with Saint Patrick's Day grew.  Green ribbons and shamrocks were worn in celebration of St Patrick's Day as early as the 17th century. In the 1798 rebellion to make a political statement, Irish soldiers wore full green uniforms on 17 March in hopes of catching public attention. 

Leprechauns are a mainstay of Saint Patrick’s Day. The leprechaun came from an old Irish folk tale. The “Leprechauns” spend all their time making shoes, and stowing all of their hidden “coins” in a magical “pot of gold” at the end of the “rainbow.” If ever captured by a human, the leprechaun has the magical power to grant three wishes in exchange for their release.

They say leprechauns are not any taller than a small child, which means they can be everywhere. So if you ever see one, try to capture it and get your three wishes.

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