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Celebrate the Spirit of St. Patrick's Day

Deb Palmer

Dressed in green feeling like Kermit's distant relative?

Maybe you're wondering what St. Patrick's Day is all about--


St. Patrick's Day is a holiday that celebrates the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. He was born in Britain in the late 4th century and was captured by Irish raiders when he was a teenager. He was taken to Ireland as a slave, but eventually escaped and became a Christian missionary.

St. Patrick is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland and is also known for using the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to the Irish people. Legend has it that he drove the snakes out of Ireland, although it's more likely that there were never any snakes in Ireland in the first place.

St. Patrick's Day became an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century and has since evolved into a celebration of Irish culture and heritage. It is celebrated around the world with parades, festivals, and other festivities. The holiday is known for its green color scheme, which is associated with Ireland, as well as symbols like the shamrock, leprechauns, and pots of gold at the end of rainbows.

The kooky celebrations on St. Patrick's Day can be attributed to the holiday's evolution from a religious feast day to a celebration of Irish culture and heritage. As the holiday spread around the world, people began to embrace a more lighthearted and playful approach to the festivities, incorporating elements like green clothing, shamrocks, leprechauns, and other whimsical symbols.

Additionally, St. Patrick's Day has become associated with alcohol consumption and partying, particularly in places like the United States where there is a large Irish-American population. Many bars and restaurants offer St. Patrick's Day specials on food and drinks, and the holiday has become a popular occasion for people to gather with friends and celebrate.

While some of the kooky celebrations may seem silly or frivolous, they are all part of the fun and festive spirit of St. Patrick's Day. Ultimately, the holiday is a time to celebrate Irish culture and heritage, and to enjoy the company of friends and family in a lively and joyful atmosphere.

To help you get in the spirit, of this cheer-filled holiday here are some fun old Irish songs that you might enjoy:

  • "Whiskey in the Jar" – This is a traditional Irish song about a highwayman who robs a military officer and then gets betrayed by his lover. It has been covered by many artists, including Thin Lizzy and Metallica.
  • "Danny Boy" – This is a classic Irish ballad that has been covered by countless singers over the years. It's a beautiful and emotional song that is often associated with Irish culture.
  • "Wild Rover" – This is a lively drinking song that has become a popular sing-along at Irish pubs around the world. It's a fun song to sing with a group of friends and has a catchy chorus.
  • "The Irish Rover" – This is another fun drinking song that tells the story of a ship and its adventures on the high seas. The lyrics are humorous and the melody is upbeat and catchy.
  • "Molly Malone" – This is a popular folk song about a fishmonger named Molly Malone who sells cockles and mussels in Dublin. It's a beloved song in Irish culture and has been covered by many artists over the years.

Check out your local events.

Every year, the Yakima Valley celebrates St. Patrick's Day with a variety of events and festivities. Many local bars and restaurants offer Irish-inspired food and drink specials, and some even host live music performances. In addition to these events, the Yakima Valley hosts a St. Patrick's Day Parade in downtown Yakima, featuring floats, marching bands, and other festive displays.

Click this link for a long list of St. Patrick's Celebration events in Washington state.

Washington State Paddy Day Celebrations.

Disclaimer: This article is only for entertainment and informational purposes. It is not intended to provide legal or medical advice. For more information, follow the linked references.

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Deb Palmer is the author of “In Spite of Us- A Love Story about Second Chances,” She resides in Yakima, Washington with her husband/co-author, Sandy. Deb publishes inspirational human interest stories, humor, and local antique finds and news.

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