More about St. Patrick Day

So, today is St. Patrick Day, and everybody says and writes "Happy St. Patrick Day!" but... why should I  be happy about it? I've heard about the gold at the end of the rainbow and a leprechaun messing up classrooms... should I be 'happy' about that?? I didn't get the REAL meaning of this special day so,  I HAD to make a research...

First of all... WHO is St. Patrick???, St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, and according to History Channel:  "It is known that St. Patrick was born in Britain to wealthy parents near the end of the fourth century. At the age of 16, Patrick was taken prisoner by a group of Irish raiders who were attacking his family's estate. They transported him to Ireland where he spent six years in captivity. During this time, he worked as a shepherd, outdoors and away from people. Lonely and afraid, he turned to his religion for solace, becoming a devout Christian. Patrick escaped. An angel in a dream tells him to return to Ireland as a missionary. Soon after, Patrick began religious training, a course of study that lasted more than 15 years. After his ordination as a priest, he was sent to Ireland with a dual mission: to minister to Christians already living in Ireland and to begin to convert the Irish."

That explain a lot, right?, but now... what's the relation between this Catholic Priest and all the St. Patrick's Day Symbols and Traditions?, because this day is a holiday known for parades, shamrocks and all things Irish, from leprechauns to the color green. The answer to that is: 

The Shamrock  is called the 'seamroy' by the Celts, and was sacred plant in ancient Ireland because it symbolized the rebirth of spring. Irish Music: Music is often associated with St. Patrick's Day—and Irish culture in general. From ancient days of the Celts, music has always been an important part of Irish life. The Snake: It has long been recounted that, during his mission in Ireland, St. Patrick once stood on a hilltop (which is now called Croagh Patrick), and with only a wooden staff by his side, banished all the snakes from Ireland.In fact, the island nation was never home to any snakes. The "banishing of the snakes" was really a metaphor for the eradication of pagan ideology from Ireland and the triumph of Christianity. Corned Beef: Each year, thousands of Irish Americans gather with their loved ones on St. Patrick's Day to share a "traditional" meal of corned beef and cabbage. Though cabbage has long been an Irish food, corned beef only began to be associated with St. Patrick's Day at the turn of the century.  The Leprechaun: The original Irish name for these figures of folklore is "lobaircin," meaning "small-bodied fellow". Belief in leprechauns probably stems from Celtic belief in fairies, tiny men and women who could use their magical powers to serve good or evil. In Celtic folktales, leprechauns were cranky souls, responsible for mending the shoes of the other fairies. Though only minor figures in Celtic folklore, leprechauns were known for their trickery, which they often used to protect their much-fabled treasure. Leprechauns had nothing to do with St. Patrick or the celebration of St. Patrick's Day, a Catholic holy day. In 1959, Walt Disney released a film called Darby O'Gill & the Little People, which introduced America to a very different sort of leprechaun than the cantankerous little man of Irish folklore. This cheerful, friendly leprechaun is a purely American invention, but has quickly evolved into an easily recognizable symbol of both St. Patrick's Day and Ireland in general.
 After knowing what is all about, now I can say  

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