Posted by: Jodi | March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patricks Day!

When creating a story, especially one that leans on any part of history to further the plot, it might be useful to have special days, such as saint days, or festivals marking important dates.  It adds richness and tradition to the world and gives the characters new situations to work around.

So here I give you the very brief history of today’s holiday:

St. Patrick, the commonly thought of patron saint of Ireland, died on March 17, 461 (as in four hundred sixty-one, I did not forget the one), was born is Roman Britain.  He was taken by Irish raiders to Ireland.  In a dream he was told by God to flee his captivity by traveling to the coast.  There he found a vessel to take him back to Britain where he joined the Church in Auxerre in Gaul and began his studies become a priest.

As a bishop he returned to Ireland to save the Irish.  He is remembered for using the three leaf clover to teach about the Holy Trinity.  He focused on converting royalty and aristocracy as well as the poor and saw great success. To this day he is the Champion of the Irish Church.

The day of Saint Patrick is celebrated around the world in distinct ways, most involving drinking and lots of it.  There are parades and painting and dyeing all sorts of things green, which is odd because St. Patrick’s color is said to actually be blue.  Historically, the holiday began as a one day break during Lent.

How will you be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day?

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Responses

  1. Thanks for the historical tour!

  2. There is also the myth where St. Patrick was to have rid Ireland of snakes. If that was truly the case, the job was only half done.

    He left behind our government, property developers, bankers, lawyers and the Catholic Church.

    I worked today until 6pm. Then my lady and I went out and “drowned the shamrock.” Well, she did. I drank 7UP 🙂

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