As a kid growing up Southern Baptist, all I knew about St. Patrick’s Day is that you wore green or you got pinched and you drew a lot of 4 leaf-clovers, oh and people got drunk. But just like most holiday’s St. Patty’s Day has history and culture. It wasn’t until I attended St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa that I learned about Patron Saints. You may be asking yourself, “Who is St. Ambrose” well.. – Saint Ambrose, was the humble bishop of Milan-not even a baptized Catholic when the citizens drafted him to lead the Church there in 374 AD. He became celebrated for his scholarship, service to the unfortunate, oratory skills, leadership of the people and defense of the Church.-
It was there that I learned about St. Patrick – it’s more than green beer and kissing strangers. Well, don’t take it from me, here’s the Wiki on it…
“Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church, and Lutheran Church. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, céilithe, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks. Christians also attend church services and the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day, which has encouraged and propagated the holiday’s tradition of alcohol consumption.“
And now, let’s hear from a guy with Irish in his blood, take it away Dave.
Today we are going to deviate a bit from Women in the Worklplace and talk about the day of St. Patrick’s Day. My family has Irish roots so, of course my family and I usually use the holiday as a way to celebrate our heritage. What does that mean… um well often times it involves copious amounts of green beer at some local pub, or perhaps attending a parade or other public celebration, all the while being decked out in our best green duds.
So is that what St. Patrick’s day is all about? Well I have done quite a bit of looking to the holiday and decided the best way to wrap it up is use someone else’s work. Here is a concise 4 minute video, I clipped from youtube, which covers the day.
So there you go. While that is the legitimate history, here in the U.S. we have really turned it into a party. I know this, as I have made this part of my life and family tradition. And to be sure, the tradition continues. Pictured here, is my oldest son Danny at college (MS &T where they take three days off for St. Pat’s Day) celebrating the day; please pay particular attention to the green mohawk. Ah to be a proud father!
Happy St. Pat’s day to you all!