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St Patricks DayCelebrations

  1. 1. Celebrations St Patricks Day (Lá Fhéile Pádraig)
  2. 2. St. Patrick In The Beginning <ul><li>He was born in Britain to wealthy parents. </li></ul><ul><li>At the age of sixteen, he was taken prisoner by Irish raiders. </li></ul><ul><li>He spent six years in captivity in Ireland. </li></ul><ul><li>During this time, he worked as a shepherd. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Lonely and afraid, he turned to religion for solace. </li></ul><ul><li>After more than six years as a prisoner, Patrick escaped. </li></ul><ul><li>On his return to Britain he joined the Church, becoming a Bishop. </li></ul><ul><li>He later returned to Ireland as a missionary. </li></ul><ul><li>By the eighth century he had become the patron saint of Ireland. </li></ul>
  4. 4. St. Patrick Myths and Legends <ul><li>Legend credits Patrick with teaching the Irish the concept of the Trinity by showing people the shamrock. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Using it to highlight the Christian belief of 'three divine persons in the one God' </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Pious legend credits Patrick with banishing snakes from Ireland although: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>post-glacial Ireland never actually had snakes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>one suggestion is that snakes referred to the serpent symbolism of the Druids </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>He is believed to have died on March 17 th . </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This has become celebrated as St. Patricks Day </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The day became a feast day in the universal church. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>St. Patrick is also venerated in the Orthodox Church. </li></ul>St. Patrick Sainthood and Remembrance
  7. 7. Festivities Today Ireland <ul><li>Celebrated worldwide by Irish People </li></ul><ul><li>Celebrations are generally themed around the color green and all things Irish. </li></ul><ul><li>A St. Patrick's Day parade is held by almost all Irish towns. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Both Christians and non-Christians celebrate the holiday by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wearing green or orange </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wearing Shamrocks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eating Irish Food </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Imbibing Irish drink (usually Guinness) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attending parades </li></ul></ul><ul><li>It became a public holiday in1903. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Festivities Today Around the world <ul><ul><li>Argentina </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Canada </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>United Kingdom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Germany </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Denmark </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Montserrat </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mexico </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Russia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>South Korea </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sydney, Australia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>United States </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Savannah, Georgia </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>New Orleans, Louisiana </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Syracuse, New York </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>New York City </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Seattle, Washington </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Las Vegas, Nevada </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>St Patricks day is celebrated all over the World. </li></ul><ul><li>Large Parades are held in: </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Those of Irish descent, and people with no Irish connections who may proclaim themselves &quot;Irish for a day&quot; also celebrate St. Patrick's Day by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Drinking Irish Beverages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lager dyed green </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Irish beer and Stout </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Irish Whisky </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wearing Green </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Playing Irish music </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hosting Parades </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The largest St. Patrick's Day parade is held in New York City and is watched by over 2 million spectators. </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>New London, Wisconsin, changes its name to New Dublin the week of St. Patrick's Day. </li></ul><ul><li>The Canadian city of Montreal is the oldest Saint Patrick's day parade in North America. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>184th consecutive parade in 2008 </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Ciara Preston </li></ul><ul><li>AIT </li></ul><ul><li>Ireland </li></ul><ul><li>© 2008 </li></ul>

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