Saint Patrick's Day

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"On Saint Patrick's Day everybody is a bit Irish!" Saint Patrick's Day is probably the most celebrated day related to a Saint, Saint Patrick. Saint Patrick is invoked against witchcraft, sins, and snakes. He is best known, however, as the Patron Saint of Ireland.

As a boy Patrick was hijacked by Irish raiders. He managed to escape back to his homeland (Britain). Later he returned to Ireland, as a priest, where he died on the 17th of March 461 AD. Although his colors were blue, the color green became, more and more associated with St. Patrick, because he often used the Shamrock to explain the religion.

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Nowadays St. Patrick's Day is celebrated by the Irish, and in many places in the world where (descendants of) Irish immigrants live. Like e.g.: New York City.

Every year a parade is organized on 5th Avenue. Thousands of groups march by. Many of them in uniforms, playing bagpipes and/or drums, carrying Irish flags and green items. This all is watched by huge crowds of real, related, or fake Irish people. All dressed in green. Not only the adults and bigger kids, but also toddlers, babies, and even pets! After the parade the day takes a less religious character and is continued in the many pubs.

A nice day! But thinking about the history, and with all respect for St. Patrick and the Irish, I find it rather remarkable that one celebrates the death of a Saint, which was kidnapped by ancestors, using a color that is not his...

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photo by: herman_munster