St. Patrick’s Day celebrate the Roman Catholic feast day of the patron saint of Ireland.  St Patrick died on March 17, 461.  But did you know that he wasn’t even Irish?ID-100392187

He was born in Roman Britain, kidnapped and brought to Ireland.  He escaped from his captors and eventually ended up in a monastery in France where hi converted to Christianity.  He went back to Ireland in 432 on a missionary trip.

Patrick became a bishop and after his death was named Ireland’s patron saint.  The date of his death marks the celebration we now know at St Patrick’s Day.

Fun Facts:

  • The Shamrock:  According to legend, St. Patrickused the three leaf clover (or shamrock) to explain the Trinity.
  • Dying the river green:  This annual event in Chicago started in 1962,
  • Corn beef and cabbage:  This is an Irish American dish. Irish Americans were so poor they could not afford certain meals. On St. Patrick’s Day, the best meal they could afford was beef and cabbage. It became a staple for the holiday.
  • Pint of Guinness:  On any given day 5.5 million pints of Guinness, the famous Irish stout brand, are consumed around the world.  But on St. Patrick’s Day, that number more than doubles to 13 million pints, said Beth Davies Ryan, global corporate-relations director of Guinness.

Metro Atlanta St. Patrick’s Day celebration:

  • St Patrick’s Day parade, March 12, noon to 1:30 pm at the corner of Peachtree St. and 15th St.
  • Luckyfest , March 12 1:00 pm to 11- pm at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park.   Enjoy waves of green beer and listen to the music of vocalist Zale, Lefty Williams Band and Radio Birds.
  • Shamrock the Station:  Atlantic station goes Irish March 12, noon to 11:00 pm with Shamrock Station.  Enjoy live music and some traditional  bites in several of the area restaurants.

How will you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day here at Southern Oaks Apartments?

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