Welcome to the St. Patrick’s Day edition of the Geauga News Weekly Roundup! We’ve got lots of fun events and ideas for you this issue, including ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s day this Saturday! Listen to live music at the 46th Annual Lakeland Jazz Festival in Kirtland. Attend the “Go GREEN Skate” festival at the Chagrin Valley roller rink. Keep reading for more live music, dancing, food and fun in Geauga County!
Events on Friday, March 16th, 2018
Events on Saturday, March 17th, 2018
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (Part One)
St. Patrick’s Day is this Saturday, March 17th. This religious holiday began in Ireland in the 400’s, but has since transformed into a cultural celebration for people across the world. Learn more about St. Patrick, the first St. Patrick’s Day and why we still celebrate today.
Who was St. Patrick?
Born with the name of Maewyn Succat, the boy who would become St. Patrick escaped from slavery and found refugee in Ireland circa 430 AD. Maewyn became a Christian missionary, changed his named to Patrick and spread the Gospel in Ireland. He is credited with popularizing Christianity in the country and converting Irish pagans.
There are many myths and tall tales surrounding the life of St. Patrick. Many can be found in Deceleration also known as The Confessions of St. Patrick. The most popular legend is how St. Patrick rid Ireland of “snakes.” However, that’s not a literal story. It’s a metaphor for the druids and pagans who worshipped snake Gods and St. Patrick converting them to Christianity.
The First St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick died on March 17th circa 493 AD. After his death, he was named a bishop and given sainthood. The first St. Patrick’s day was officially established on March 17th, 1631. The Catholic Church celebrated St Patrick’s work with a day of great feast.
Although it took nearly 12 centuries for St. Patrick to get his holiday, the celebrations would evolve and continue for several centuries to come. In the 18th century, Irish-American soldiers that fought in the revolutionary war held the first St. Patrick’s Day parade. And that’s just the start of St. Patrick’s celebrations in America.
Why Do We Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Today?
When the Irish immigrated to America, they took their customs with them, including the celebration of St. Patrick’s day. Once in America, the holiday took on a life of its own – giving the Irish a chance to gather together and celebrate their heritage in this new land.
Another reason’s St Patrick’s day became so popular is because it’s held around the end of Lent. In observance of Lent, Catholic Christians often give up their vices or other luxuries to honor the death of Jesus Christ. For them, St. Patrick’s day is a chance to indulge once again.
Today, St. Patrick’s Day is a Chance for Everyone to be Irish and Have a Good Time! Check Out Five Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day After Sunday’s Events!
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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (Part Two)
Ready to have some St Patrick’s Day fun of your own? Check out these five ways you and your family can celebrate St Patrick’s Day.
- Wear All Green. Ever wonder why green is the color for St. Patrick’s Day? It’s because St. Patrick used a green shamrock to explain the Holy Catholic Trinity to the Irish. Wear your favorite green outfit – otherwise you might get pinched!
- Enjoy Irish Food. Corned beef and cabbage is a traditional dinner to celebrate this holiday. You can also try Irish Soda Bread or bake a batch of St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Cookies.
- Learn to Do an Irish Jig. Since everyone’s a little Irish on St. Paddy’s Day and we all want to have fun, why not pick up a new step or two? Watch this video and learn how to do a fun and simple Irish jig.
- Imbibe St Patrick’s Day Drinks. Adults can enjoy a sweet and slightly boozy Irish Coffee. Give the kids a whip cream and sprinkle topped version of their own with hot Cocoa. Go out to your local tavern, or pick up some green food dye and drink delicious green beer! Just remember to celebrate responsibly.
- Watch the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Head over to Cleveland and attend the 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade kicks-off at 1:04 p.m. this Saturday, March 17th, 2018. If you don’t want to go in person, check your local listings and watch the parade on TV.
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Events on Wednesday, March 14th, 2018
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