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From Japan to Mexico, St. Patrick’s Day just keeps getting bigger. They even have a parade in Ireland now!
By Eileen Houlihan
St. Patrick was a gentleman.
Although not much is known about St. Patrick's early life, we know the above verse is not true. Nonetheless, it shows the great affection the Irish have for their patron saint, who is treated with the tender familiarity of a favorite brother or cousin.
Until recently, St. Patrick's Day in Ireland was a holy day of obligation, celebrated quietly. The day usually started with attendance at Mass, after which the men often went to a local pub to drink Pota Pádraig or “Patrick's Pot” (usually a drink of whiskey) to toast the good saint. A dinner of boiled bacon (not corned beef) cabbage and floury potatoes was customary on that day.
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St. Patrick was a gentleman
The St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin is a recent phenomenon, and seems descent from America. In New York City, the parade began in revolutionary times when a group of Irish soldiers serving in Washington's army marched up lower Broadway to remember their beloved patron saint. The custom, spread and there are now hundreds of parades honoring St. Patrick all over the US, Canada and Australia, where so many of the Irish diaspora have settled. And the custom is only gaining in popularity. In San Patricio Melaque in Jalisco, Mexico, the day is now celebrated with bullfights and fireworks. In recent years, a parade in Moscow has included Cossack horsemen, marching bands and ornate floats. Should you happen to be in Kyoto, Japan this year on March 4th, you'll be able to watch their St. Patrick's Day Parade. But what pleases me no end is that there is now a St. Patrick's Day Parade in London, England! It's indeed a Great Day for the Irish!
Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig ar gach aon bhall de chlann domhanda na nGael!
Ms. Houlihan teaches Irish on the Daltai weekends, www.daltai.com
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