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 Combining Sense and Soul
 St. Patty's Day Feast
 Leprechaun Treats
 The Story of St. Patrick's Day
 Low Carb Kitchen Hints & Tips
 Change: The Essence of Life
 Interview: Jonny Bowden
 Quashing the Weather Excuse
 St. Paddy's Day Chuckles!
 Getting Back to Basics
 Make It Low Carb!
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                 The Story of St. Patrick's Day

  

Do you know the history of St. Patrick's Day?

St. Patrick St. Patrick was born about 390 AD in Roman Britain. As a youth he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and sold into slavery in Ireland. He escaped six years later and fled to Gaul. After several years of monastic life, he returned to Ireland in 432 AD as a missionary to the people there.

Saint Patrick is most known for driving the snakes from Ireland. While it is true there are no snakes in Ireland, there probably never have been — the island was separated from the rest of the continent at the end of the Ice Age.

As in many old pagan religions, serpent symbols were common and often worshipped. Driving the snakes from Ireland was probably symbolic of putting an end to that pagan practice.

St. Patrick's Shamrock It is said that he used the three-leafed shamrock to explain the concept of the Trinity; hence its strong association with his day and name.

St. Patrick is a hero in Ireland. In fact, there are about 60 churches and cathedrals named for him in Ireland alone. One of the most famous cathedrals is St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin. These grounds bear the mark of the place where St. Patrick baptized his converts.

St. Patrick's Day Green Beer Green is associated with Saint Patrick's Day because it is the color of spring, Ireland, and the shamrock.

As the Irish emigrated around the world, they took the St. Pat's celebration with them. The Irish heritage has had a profound influence on our nation. The St. Patrick's Day custom came to America in 1737. That was the first year St. Patrick's Day was publicly celebrated in this country, in Boston.

In American cities with a large Irish population, St. Patrick's Day is a very big deal. Big cities and small towns alike celebrate with parades, "wearing of the green," music and songs, Irish food and drink, and activities for kids such as crafts, coloring and games. Some communities even go so far as to dye rivers or streams green... and, yes, even green beer! So go ahead... get out the green food color and grab a Mich Ultra!




          

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