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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Today is the day...

To call in sick to work and then go to the Old Shillelagh in downtown Detroit.

To drink gallons of green beer.

To eat traditional Irish fare like Lamb Stew and Shepherd's Pie. (Apparently corned beef and cabbage is not Irish.  It is what all the Irish immigrants that came to America ate because corned beef was the cheapest meat and cabbage was the cheapest vegetable.)

To start drinking Irish Whiskey... at 8am.
To be Irish!

The History

St. Patrick (AD 385 - 461) is the patron saint of Ireland yet he was from Wales.  At sixteen he was captured by Irish raiders and taken to Ireland to be a shephard/slave for about 6 years.  He said that his faith in God helped him escape back to Wales and his family.  After a few years of being back he chose to return to Ireland as a Christian missionary and is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland.

Wearing the "color"

Originally, Blue was the color associate with Ireland.  But St. Patrick used a clover leaf to explain the Holy Trinity to the Irish when he was a missionary.  From then on wearing the clover or green was associated with being Irish Catholic and pretty soon just Irish.

Happy St. Patrick's Day everybody and look for my Corktown celebration post coming up!  I want to do that post right!

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