Kiss Me I’m Irish
‘Tis the season where all of us who have some percentage of Irish heritage (and those of us who don’t) celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Soon we shall see “Kiss me I’m Irish” T-shirts, shamrock and pots of gold stickers, and green and orange decorations in abundance. Many of us take the day to get together with loved ones and friends, and celebrate good company. However some of us may not know the origins, or (like myself) only have minimal knowledge of the history of St. Patrick’s Day.
St. Patrick was a fifth century patron saint of Ireland and its national apostle. He was born in Roman Britain, was kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave at the age of 16. He later escaped, then returned to Ireland and is responsible for bringing the religion of Christianity to the country. It is believed that he explained the Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) using the three leaves of a shamrock, and thus becoming a prominent image in Irish culture. St. Patrick’s death is believed to have been on March 17, 461, and since around the 9th or 10th century, people in Ireland have been observing the Roman Catholic feast day of St. Patrick on the 17th of March as a result.
Today, people of all backgrounds celebrate St. Patrick’s Day throughout the United States, Canada and Australia, as well as in countries further abroad, including Japan, Singapore and Russia. In modern-day Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is still traditionally a religious occasion.
I plan to responsibly celebrate this glorious holiday by dressing up like a leprechaun (like I do most years), drinking pints of Guinness, and taking shots of Jameson while listening to the Dropkick Murphys. If you find yourself celebrating in a similar fashion, and then get yourself in the unfortunate situation where you accidentally took a tumble and hurt yourself after being over served, thankfully I know a few good PTs and PTAs that can get you back on your feet.
David Derco, PTA
*Footnote: Information taken from History.com