Some loose facts:
- St. Patrick, contrary to popular belief, was not Irish. He was British -- born in Britain -- and didn't lead a religious life in the beginning. He transitioned to a religious way of life during his teenage years.
- When St. Patrick was around 14 years old, he was captured and taken to Ireland. There, he was kept in slavery for six years and made to herd sheep. After he was freed, St. Patrick returned to Ireland in his 30s when he was a part of a missionary of Celtic pagans.
- Did you know that green was no the original color associated with St. Patrick? In Ireland, green was traditionally considered to be an unlucky color and the hue that was associated with St. Patrick was blue!
- St. Patrick’s Day was first publicly celebrated in Boston in 1737 where a large population of Irish immigrants resided.
Irish-American history expert Timothy Meagher said Irish charitable organizations originally celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with banquets in places such as Boston, Savannah, Ga., and Charleston, S.C.
- Until the 1970s, St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland was a minor religious holiday. A priest would acknowledge the feast day, and families would celebrate with a big meal, but that was about it.
St. Patrick’s Day was basically invented in America by Irish-Americans (I call this amateur drinking hour).
Please be safe this weekend, and if you insist on getting wasted this weekend please do not drive and run me off the road.
Dr Flavius A B Akerele III