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Snakes, leprechauns and pots of gold: Why do we celebrate St Patrick’s Day?

St Patrick Day: CLEVELAND, Ohio — Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Cleveland!

If you’re looking for a way to celebrate the holiday, we’ve got a couple of suggestions, including the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Cleveland, or the St. Patrick’s Day Party at the House of Blues. There are also a few other events worth checking out in Cleveland today too, including Kiss’ show at the Quicken Loans Arena and a showing of “School of Rock” at the Connor Palace.

WHO WAS ST PATRICK?

Although considered the patron saint of Ireland, contrary to popular belief, St Patrick was not Irish, nor was his name Patrick.

In the late 300s AD, “Patrick” was born in the Britain town of Banna Venta Berniae. Evidently, his birth name ‘Maewyn Succat’ was not to his pleasing and over the years he adopted many aliases including Magonus, Succetus, Cothirthiacus and Patricius. The last of his pseudonyms was later morphed into Patrick, a name now closely linked to Irish culture.

Although he was raised by a Christian father, St Patrick rejected religion. Or he did until Irish pirates captured and enslaved him. After six years of being forced to work as a shepherd, Patrick converted to Christianity.

While in Ireland, Patrick learnt to speak Irish and was immersed in the culture. However, it wasn’t long before he sought to flee the country and return to Britain.

His ventures were unsuccessful, once again getting captured — this time, by the French.

Eventually he was released and finally returned home where he continued to study Christianity.

After a vision told him that his mission in life was to introduce Christianity to the Irish, Patrick packed his bags once more and set his sights on Ireland.

Initially, his teachings weren’t well received and he was forced to relocate to a small island off the mainland. It was here where he began to amass followers.

Eventually moving back to the mainland, Patrick continued preaching Christian ideals and, before his death on March 17, 461AD, had baptised thousands and helped form hundreds of churches.

Legend says St Patrick banished all the snakes from Ireland, however, this has been discredited as a myth.

Keeper of national history at the National Museum of Ireland Nigel Monaghan told National Geographic that there was no evidence the saint was behind Ireland’s lack of slithering creatures. In fact, fossil collections and animal records indicate snakes never inhabited the country in the first place.

WHY DO WE CELEBRATE ST PATRICK’S DAY?

St Patrick’s Day began as a religious holiday known as “Feast Day”. The festival was held on the anniversary on Patrick’s death and celebrated the life of the patron saint, chiefly for his introduction of Christianity to Ireland.

As more people began to migrate to America from Ireland, the festivities swelled. Over time, these celebrations overflowed to other countries. Before too long, St Patrick’s Day became a holiday integrated into cultures around the globe, including Australia where Sydney hosts a festival and parade.

WHY DO WE WEAR GREEN?

On St Patrick’s Day, it’s tradition to wear green. Those who don’t unenviably face the punishment from friends and strangers alike in the form of pinching.

The verdant ritual stems from Irish folklore. According to legend, leprechauns are known to be devilish tricksters, adept at sneaking up and pinching unsuspecting revellers. Wearing green, however, renders a person invisible to the Irish creature, thus protecting from the physical abuse.(St Patrick Day:)

There are also political roots to the outfit choice too. As Paul Finnegan, Executive Director of the New York Irish Center, explains, green attire is symbolic of the Irish Republicanism movement from the 18th century which saw the nation achieve independence.

When Irish soldiers battled against Britain, they wore green to oppose the Brit’s red and reportedly sang The Wearing of the Green. In homage to Ireland’s history, Irish ex-pats in America donned green to celebrate their heritage. Nowadays, regardless of history, people around the globe take part.(St Patrick Day:)

However, few cities’ festivities can contend with Chicago’s dedication to the green tradition.

Each year, to usher in St Patrick’s Day, Chicago dyes the city’s major river a bold leprechaun green.

You can celebrate the holiday at local restaurants that are offering special deals, discounts and freebies on March 17. Always check with your favorite location to make sure they are participating.

Applebee’s

Applebee’s is offering a $2 Absolut Rainbow Punch made with Absolut vodka, green apple, lemon, ginger and topped with a candy rainbow.

Arby’s

Arby’s is offering a 16 oz. Mint Chocolate Shake, topped with Andes candy pieces, for a limited time.

Chili’s

Select Chili’s locations will have a $5 Lucky Jameson margarita all month.

Jameson Irish Whiskey and Lunazul Blanco Tequila unite for our $5 margarita of the month, the Lucky Jameson. No kilt required—but you do you!

Posted by Chili's Grill & Bar on Friday, March 1, 2019

Cracker Barrel

Enjoy corned beef and cabbage on March 17.

Dairy Queen

Blizzards, including the mint Oreo blizzard, are buy one, get one free through March 17.

Dunkin Donuts

Dunkin Donuts is offering Irish Crème coffees and Mint Brownie donuts.

Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme Krispy Kreme is offering its Green O’riginal Glazed doughnuts – complete with emerald-colored dough – through Sunday, March 17.

McDonald’s

McDonald’s is offering a shamrock shake – vanilla soft serve blended with Shamrock Shake syrup and topped with whipped topping.

O’Charleys

O’Charley’s is offering green beer on March 17.

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