St. Patrick’s Day: A Green Feast
Saint Patrick's Day has approached to be related with everything Irish: anything gold and green, shamrocks and luck. Most significantly, to those who celebrate St. Patrick's Day’s intended meaning, it is a traditional day for offering prayers for missionaries and spiritual renewal worldwide.
So, why the celebrations date is 17th March? One theory is that it is the day St. Patrick died. Since the celebration began in Ireland, it is said that as the Irish people spread out worldwide, they took with them their celebrations and history. It is the biggest ceremony in Ireland. With the exception of pubs and restaurants, almost all businesses and government institutions close on 17th March.
In American cities with a great amount of Irish population, it is a very big deal. Small towns and big cities alike celebrate with parades, music and songs, "wearing of the green," Irish drink and food, and activities for children such as games, coloring and crafts. A number of communities even go far away as to stain streams or rivers green!
St. Patrick's Day is celebrated as the religious feast day on 17th March and the anniversary of St. Patrick's death in the fifth century. The people of Ireland have celebrated St. Patrick's Day as a religious holiday and traditional day for over 1,000 years. On the Day, which falls through the Christian season of Lent, family members of Irish population would traditionally go to church in the morning and they celebrate it in the afternoon. The Lenten prohibitions against the eating of meat were people would drink, dance and meal--on the traditional food of Irish cabbage and bacon.
The parade is held on the Sunday before 17th March in many cities every year. Some people see this day as a festival of the color green than only centering on the Irish-American customs and culture. Water is colored green in different public places in some cities. The most notable water body that was colored green was the water body of Chicago River in 2005.
The most common symbol of St Patrick's Day is the four-leaf clover or shamrock. This plant is connected with good luck for people. Other symbols of it include: almost everything colored green and the green, white and orange flag of Ireland. Religious symbols include serpents and snakes.
Saint Patrick is the famous and patron Saints of Ireland and St Patrick's Day is traditionally and religiously celebrated with a feast. It is a public holiday in Ireland. This day is also celebrated around the world, by citizens of both non-Irish and Irish descent with the thinking of green living.
Of course people around the world celebrate the day with green decorations, green clothing, green makeup, green jewelry, green food, green drinks, and making almost all things else possible green, then why not we celebrate St. Patrick's Day in the eco-friendly and sustainable way, as well? Here are some awesome ways you can celebrate an eco-friendly St. Patrick's Day: wear organic green clothing, eat vegetarian, use earth friendly decorations, wear locally made and sustainable jewelry, drink local or organic beer and more. When you choose a card to send out to all your friends and relatives this year, be sure to pick ones that are made totally from recycled papers and materials. You should choose cards that have green packaging and that were prepared from eco-friendly inks, as well.
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day not only green in color, but also green in regard to earth.
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