One of the greatest Irish festivals, St. Patrick’s Day or Paddy’s Day commemorates the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated each year on March 17th. It is also celebrated with much enthusiasm in places such as Canada, Great Britain, Australia, the United States and New Zealand.
Patrick was born in the later half of the 4th century AD. He was the son of Calpurnius, a Roman-British army officer. There are differing views about the exact year and place of his birth. According to one school of opinion, he was born about 390 A.D., while the other school says it is about 373 AD. Again, his birth place is said to be in either Scotland or Roman England. His real name was Maewyn Succat. Though Patricius was his Romanicized name, he was later came to be familiar as Patrick.
St. Patrick was kidnapped by raiders as a boy and sold into slavery in Ireland. There he became a shepherd and endured many hardships and trials that led him to a deep and profound spirituality. According to tradition he escaped captivity by following the guidance of an angel, then traveled back to his homeland where he entered the church and became a priest.
After his ordination as a bishop he returned, as a missionary, to Ireland where he impressed the people with his courage, wisdom, and compassion — setting off a wave of conversion that eventually engulfed the entire island. St. Patrick’s legacy includes numerous legends, most notably his teaching the trinity with a clover leaf and his driving the snakes out of Ireland.
In America, Saint Patrick’s day is celebrated with great festivity in those cities with a large Irish population. There it is embraced by Catholics and non-Catholics alike and is often more a celebration of Irish heritage than a remembrance of good St. Patrick himself.
So, to all my Irish cyber neighbors and Irish wannabees like myself, I would like to wish everybody a very Happy St. Patricks Day! And now celebrate a really, truly green with this awesome recipe.
2 limes, juice
2 tbsp. of honey
2 green apples, juiced
3 springs mint
Soda or carbonated water
3 drops of yellow food coloring
1 drop of green food coloring
Mint Springs muddle with honey and lime juice. Apple juice added top with soda water. Add the food coloring. Garnished with lime and spring mint leaves.
Peace out ya’ll