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St. Patrick's Day: A Tradition 1,000 Years In The Making

March 17, 2013 by john

What are you doing for St. Patrick's Day?
It might interest you to know that your plans might not differ all that much from those Irish natives observed a thousand years ago. The holiday falls during the Christian season of Lent, which traditionally means that observers cannot eat meat. However, on St. Patrick's Day, Irish families would attend church in the morning and then celebrate in the afternoon. Lent restrictions were waived for the day, and the Irish would drink, dance, and feast on traditional fare, such as bacon and cabbage.
One thing that has changed, however, is the color associated with the day.
Originally, St. Patrick was associated with blue, however, over the centuries shamrocks and green ribbons became a permanent symbol of the celebration and by the 17th century green was the official color of the holiday.
Today, in Dublin, Ireland, St. Patrick's Day has become a five-day long celebration which draws upwards to over one million people each year. The entire nation celebrates with different rituals, including the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dripsey, Cork, which is on record as being the shortest parade in the world - 100 yards between two local pubs.

The Cheshire Herald would like to wish everyone a happy St. Patrick's Day and urge everyone to drink responsibly.

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