St. Patrick’s Day Truth


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I wanted to write a post dedicated to one of my favorite holidays, St. Patrick’s Day, before it became irrelevant and out of place for me to talk about it.

What does St. Patrick’s Day mean to you? To the majority of people celebrating the holiday, it means searching through your wardrobe for green clothing and donning all of the crazy shades of green you could find while getting terribly drunk. I’m sure some people have a more personal attachment to the holiday than drinking heavily, but it seems that the modern interpretation of the holiday involves that perspective. In reality, though, little about the holiday revolves around imbibing alcohol.

But that’s probably not a surprise to the intelligent folks here at WordPress, I assume.

Nevertheless, what does St. Patrick’s Day mean to you? How does it affect you? How should you celebrate it, actually? Is it worth changing anything? To the majority of news channels, the “history” behind the holiday involves an ancient saint named Patrick who expelled a lot of snakes out of Ireland. The snakes caused such a predicament for the Irish that Patrick was revered by the Catholic Irishmen for his great deed. They loved and praised him for helping them out of a tough predicament, and thus a holiday was made in his honor.

False.

How many people actually buy into the theory that snakes were such an issue in Ireland? There were no actual snakes in Ireland, and not because St. Patrick shooed them around first.

In fact, it’s surprising how many news channels still buy into the conception that the “real meaning” of St. Patrick’s Day is about snakes. In fact, I was watching CBS News on Sunday morning and they messed it up too. A professional news organization not fact-checking their myths and legends! It’s absurd, honestly.

St. Patrick was a slave brought to Ireland when he was 16 and managed to escape and return home; however, he felt an obligation to return to the island later in his life. He returned and expelled the “snakes” from the grounds. As a missionary of Christianity before it was split into the Roman and Orthodox churches, he expelled paganism from Ireland and supplemented it with an appreciation for Christianity instead. The snakes, obviously, being symbolic for pagans. Of course, though, not everyone understands the symbolic nature of this legend.

Regardless, the holiday is worthy of your celebration and good tidings. How did you celebrate St. Patty’s Day this year? Did you know the real meaning of the holiday?

Thanks for reading.

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