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17 March

Happy St. Patrick’s Day


Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I hope you are wearing green or you might get pinched. But why do we pinch? According to the Christina Science Monitor:

No surprise, it’s an entirely American tradition that probably started in the early 1700s. St. Patrick’s revelers thought wearing green made one invisible to leprechauns, fairy creatures who would pinch anyone they could see (anyone not wearing green). People began pinching those who didn’t wear green as a reminder that leprechauns would sneak up and pinch green-abstainers.

Want to listent ot a podcast about St. Patrick’s Day, you’re in luck, I pulled this one out of the vault. All the way back from 2006. Enjoy!

But wait there’s more. Who was the man behind St. Patrick’s Day? According to National Geographic he was:

For starters, the real St. Patrick wasn’t even Irish. He was born in Britain around A.D. 390 to an aristocratic Christian family with a townhouse, a country villa, and plenty of slaves. What’s more, Patrick professed no interest in Christianity as a young boy, Freeman noted. At 16, Patrick’s world turned: He was kidnapped and sent overseas to tend sheep as a slave in the chilly, mountainous countryside of Ireland for seven years. “It was just horrible for him,” Freeman said. “But he got a religious conversion while he was there and became a very deeply believing Christian.”

There is a ton of content to get you St. Patrick’s Day fix on If that is not enough, try this:

Further Learning:
St. Patrick’s Day (Holiday Histories)
The Harp and The Shamrock
The Story of St. Patrick’s Day
Paddy Whacked – The Irish Mob (History Channel)
The History of St. Patrick’s Day

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