Saturday, March 17, 2007

Happy St. Paddys Day

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Happy St. Patrick's Day Everyone.
Here are some fun and interesting facts for you.

March 17 is widely accepted as the date of St. Patrick's death in A.D. 461.
The first St. Patrick's Day parade in the United States was held in New
York City on this day in 1762.
Cabbage seeds are often planted today, and old-time farmers believed that to
make them grow well, you needed to plant them while wearing your

On St. Patrick's Day, the warm side of a rock turns up,
and the broad-back goose begins to lay.

From The Old Farmer's Almanac
St. Patrick's Day: Legend has it that Saint Patrick drove all
the snakes out of Ireland. The snake is a pagan symbol and it is
suspected that this is a figurative tale explaining that he
drove paganism out of Ireland. Named Maewyn Succat at his birth
in Britain near the end of the fourth century, he was abducted
and sold into slavery at age 16. He worked as a shepherd in
Ireland and converted to Christianity. He took the name Patrick
(or Patricus) after he fled slavery to became a priest in Gaul
(France) at age 22. After years of serving as a priest and monk
in Gaul, he returned to Ireland at about 60 years of age to
follow his calling: to convert Irish pagans to Christianity.
Through the strength of his personality, he was able to win many
converts. He used the shamrock, a kind of three-leafed clover
common in Ireland, to help explain the concept of the Trinity
(father, son, holy spirit). His missionary work in Ireland
lasted for 30 years until he died on March 17 in 461 AD. The day
has been commemorated as St. Patrick's Day ever since. The first
year St. Patrick's Day was celebrated in the U.S. was 1737 in
Boston, Massachusetts.

Canaan: The annual Festival of Astarte was held this day in
Canaan to honor the honor the Goddess known as Queen of Heaven.

Rome: Date of women's festival of freedom known as the

Spain: Fallas - Annual festival in Valencia, when giant
sculptures are burnt in bonfires across the region. The
tradition (according to Christians) is thought to have
originated in ancient times from carpenters burning unwanted
wood at the start of spring. In the Catalan language, fallas
means "fire."

March 17: Celebration of Trefuilnid Treochar and the Celtic tree month
of Nuin ends
X Today is the feast of the Irish divinity, Trefuilnid Treochar who the
Church took and replaced with St. Patrick, who writes in his treatises
about “delivering Ireland from snakes.” The snakes are the pagans, whom
he wished to remove from the green lands. Spend today honouring your
pagan traditions, and becoming more and more aware that all the
Christian holidays that are present today were once pagan traditions
with much more UMPH to them.
X Celtic tree month of Nuin ends.



Blogger Tammy said...

Happy Saint Patrick's Day to you...
my what a lot of research you did!! I included the bit about the shamrock and the Holy Trinity...hehe!!

March 17, 2007 at 12:59 PM  
Blogger Teena said...

Happy St. Paddy's Day!

March 17, 2007 at 9:16 PM  

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