St. Patrick's Day
St. Patrick's Day is a cultural and religious festival celebrated on 17th of March by Irish people and around the world. St. Patrick's Day, along with St. Valentine's Day is probably one of the most widely celebrated saint's day in the world. The pious day has a significance as the feast day of Saint Patrick, and commemoration of the arrival of Christianity in Ireland.
The holiday has been celebrated on the North American continent since the late 18th century, prior to the American Revolution. In the United States, St. Patrick's Day is primarily celebated as a celebration of Irish and Irish American culture. St. Patrick, born in Roman Britain in the 4th century was taken as a slave to Ireland by Irish raiders, when he was 16. Later, he, as a bishop, started to christianise the Irish from their native polytheism. Irish folklore tells that St. Patrick used shamrock (a particular leaf with 3 leaflets) illustratively to explain the Christian doctrine of the Trinity (Father, Son and the Holy Spirit) to the Irish people. After 30 years of evangelism, he passed away on 17th March, 461. Patrick was the principal champion of Irish Christianity, and is held in high esteem in the Irish church.
St. Patrick's story is the story of a great soul taken captive to Ireland as a slave who turns a patron saint of the nation by his greatness. Patrick's life story inspires the humanity for the levitation of ones life energy upto a starry height from the earthly attachments of slavish worldly/sensual pleasures.
Christian leaders in Ireland have expressed concern about the secularisation or rather the effective degradation of St. Patrick's Day. Fr. Vincent Twomey wrote, "It is time to reclaim St. Patrick's Day as a church festival". He questioned the need for "mindless alcohol-fuelled revelry" and concluded that "It is time to bring the piety and the fun together".
St. Patrick's Day is generally characterised by the attendance of church services, religious observances, feasting, attending celidth, and numerous parades. Wearing and display of shamrock-inspired designs in green, a colour of hope and nature, have become a unanimous feature of the day.
Parade on The St. Patrick's Parade Day in Scranton is the second largest St. Patrick's Day parade in the United States. It is held in Scranton, Pennsylvania every year on the Saturday before St. Patrick's Day even if St. Patrick's Day falls on a Saturday.
People often dress as leprechauns on St. Patrick's Day. A leprechaun is a type of fairy in Irish folklore, usually taking the form of an old man, clad in a red or green coat, enjoying playfulness with practical jokes. Leprechauns' principal occupation is making and mending shoes, and storing away all their coins in a hidden pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. These stories are a favorite among kids.
Some shamrock-inspired innovative ideas are mentioned here to create state-of-the-art St. Patrick's Day Gift Items. Emerald studded earrings/ear tops in the shamrock design, green colour forehead shamrock ( equivalent to Indian forehead-bindi ) can make awesome jewellery for women. Children, ladies as well as gentlemen can decorate their palms with henna, creating clover shaped patterns. Girls and women can knot their hairs in three-leaflets shamrock hair style. T-shirts with tri-foliage clover can be created depicting the life story of St. Patrick in a three-stages- trinity, first as a slave, secondly as a bishop, and thirdly as a patron saint of Ireland.