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The mere mention of St Patrick’s Day gives me a hangover. Not (of course) from personal experience of excessive March 17th partying, but from surveying the wreckage the following morning, which also happens to be my birthday. Turns out today is actually a religious holiday, celebrating the life (and death, on March 17th) of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Patrick basically spent his adult life converting masses of Irish “heathens” into devout Catholics, no small feat. He actually used the three leaf clover, better known as a shamrock, to illustrate the concept of Holy Trinity. Crafty. According to the Church, this holiday is a Day of Obligation:
On Sundays and other holy days of obligation, the faithful are obliged to participate in the Mass. Moreover they are to abstain from those works and affairs which hinder the worship to be rendered to God, the joy proper to the Lord’s day, or the suitable relaxation of mind and body.*
Hmmmmm… obligation…. so does that mean that drinking green beer is obligatory? I’m not sure I can go there, but I can sport a bit of green in honor of the shamrock and my Irish pals. Like this super cool leather coat and feather necklace I’ve had my eyes on for a while over at the Krrb mothership. I mean, if I’m honoring Ireland’s premier saint, I may as well do it in style, right?
And while we’re on the topic of celebrating… Anybody got any great hangover cures they want to share via commenting below? I bet there are a lot of people who will be wanting them this time tomorrow!
*From the Wikipedia entry on St Patrick's Day.