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  Just Who is St. Patrick? (Doll Article)

(March 17, 2007 by support Send DollMail )
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Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated every year on March 17. It is a traditional Irish holiday, but people from all over the world enjoy the spirit of the Irish for the day and have a good time. Green is the color of the day, and if you're not wearing it, you might just get pinched. Fortunately, there are many shades of green and lots of style ideas on the Doll Palace if you need help.

St. Patrick

The holiday gets its name from a Catholic Saint – St. Patrick. Patrick, or Maewyn, as he was called as a child, was not always a saint, however. For most of his youth, he was actually a pagan. Pagans practice religions other than Christianity. However, when he was taken as a slave around the year 400, Maewyn/Patrick found his faith and began practicing Christianity.

When he managed to escape slavery after six years, Patrick studied in a monastery for another twelve. He decided his mission in life was to covert all the pagans in Ireland to Christianity. When he was appointed Pope of Ireland, he got his chance.

The Miracles of St. Patrick

While in Ireland, Patrick would visit all over the country preaching about his religion and setting up schools and churches. He used shamrocks to illustrate the example of the Christian holy trinity, and the shamrock stuck. It became part of his image. Patrick is also said to have brought people back from the dead and to have even driven all the snakes out of Ireland. (Scientists are reasonably sure there were never any snakes in Ireland, however.)

After thirty years of mission work, and quite a few years of avoiding arrest by Celtic Druids, Patrick retired. He died on March 17, and that date is the official St. Patrick's Day in the Catholic Church and for the rest of the world as well.

Celebrating St. Patrick's Day

The first known celebration of St. Patrick's Day in America was in Boston in 1737. The holiday is usually celebrated with parades, plenty of green decorations, and quite a bit of Irish (or another country's) beer.

While few people get to take the day off school or work for Saint Patrick's Day, many celebrate it anyway. There are a lot of green shirts and outfits worn that day to avoid any pinching, and for adults, there might be a few drinks at the end of the day. Some cities host large parades and festivals, and those with rivers may even dye the river green as part of the celebration.

We are always up for a good time, and St. Patrick's Day offers a nice opportunity for fun. It's been a joyful holiday for years, and quite a few believe that the enthusiasm St. Patrick's Day gets every year has less to do with a particular Catholic saint, and more to do with the fact that the official start of spring and (hopefully) warmer weather is only three days away.


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cherriesglitte

22/Female
Tiger, GA
Posted On: June 17, 2008
i wuz born on saint patrick's day and im half irish
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purple_girl_ru

22/Female
Vinton, IA
Posted On: May 2, 2007
i luv the saint patricks day parade in the city near my town! i'm irish, and i have the brightest red hair in my family so i get a lot of leprecaun comments about it
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sammyjoe2

36/Female
CA
Posted On: April 5, 2007
green wat other color than green?im irish from mi mom.green rules
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EvanescenceLuv

104/Female
Oakland, CA
Posted On: April 1, 2007
BLAAAAAHHH
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islay12

20/Female
Canada
Posted On: March 22, 2007
KISS ME MY GRANDFATHER IS IRISH!!!!!!!! :icon7 : :ico n7: :i con7: :icon 7: :ic on7::blah"
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Trizza

19/Female
Norway
Posted On: March 19, 2007
St.Patricksday sounds cool, and my fav color is green
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dadezgurl

21/Female
Antarctica
Posted On: March 19, 2007
i love green! but not so much st. p's day
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virtugirl333

22/Female
Baltimore, MD
Posted On: March 19, 2007
Wow, this is relly cool. I didn't know that thre was so much histry behnd it...
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Fire_Queenie

23/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: March 19, 2007
hey wot is it with pinching on st. pats day?!

i am a mass of pinchmarks and it is 2.5 days later!!!!!!!

boo hoo but despite the pinches, i luv st. pats day!!!!

**~Hellbelle~**
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cornelia_weasl

24/Female
Erwin, TN
Posted On: March 18, 2007
Late again.
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Dollmaker1103

23/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: March 18, 2007
I love saint patricks day we usually travel over to Ireland to see relatives. I really like having a Irish name i fit in there.
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SILLYx_LoveSon

20/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: March 18, 2007
It's a great holiday. I ran around pinching my friends..and random passer-byers! And did you know it's disrespectful to the Irish (that would be me) to wear orange on St. Patrick's Day? Well it is. Am not sure why, considering one of the colours on the flag is orange...

~Lily
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enero1000

21/Female
Bronx, NY
Posted On: March 18, 2007
I LOVE IT IS MY FAVORITE HOLIDAY :i con6: :r olleyes2 :r olleyes: :bl ah: :an gel: : angel:
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B1T3_M3

105/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: March 18, 2007
I never new wat it was wow sounds kewl

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shy_girl_9

34/Female
Castleton, IN
Posted On: March 18, 2007
The sad thing is, when you visit Ireland on Saint Patrick's day... you get drunk with green beer, *hiccup* good thing I am 26... *hiccup*
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