I once met a flower that was green,
She blended right in and was not seen.
But, now it’s St. Patty’s,
And green is the fancy.
The wallflower now shines like a Queen.
Limerick – A short sometimes vulgar, humorous poem consisting of five anapestic lines. Lines 1, 2, and 5 have seven to ten syllables, rhyme and have the same verbal rhythm. The 3rd and 4th lines have five to seven syllables, rhyme and have the same rhythm.
Some Saint Patrick Fun Facts (SPOILER! These facts are not St. P Day friendly…)
St. Patrick wasn’t even Irish! Born in England circa 385, St. Patrick didn’t arrive in Ireland until Irish pirates kidnapped him at age 16. After escaping and becoming a priest, he returned to Ireland to convert the Irish to Christianity and became an Irish patron saint.
The original color for St. Patrick’s Day wasn’t green. The odd thing is that green wasn’t even the original color used to represent St. Patrick; it was blue. After the Order of St. Patrick was established in 1783, the organization’s color had to stand out from those that preceded it. Since dark green was already taken, the Order of St. Patrick went with blue.
There were no snakes for St. Patrick to banish in Ireland. St. Patrick was known through folklore for having chased away snakes in Ireland, thus protecting townspeople from the mysterious creatures and sending them to the sea. However, Ireland didn’t have snakes at the time. Surrounded by icy water, Ireland was the last place that these cold-blooded reptiles would want to go. It’s much more reasonable to think that the “snakes” that St. Patrick banished were representative of the Druids and Pagans in Ireland since they were considered evil.
St. Patrick was never canonized by a pope. St. Patrick never got canonized by a pope, making his saintly status somewhat questionable. But in all fairness, St. Patrick wasn’t the only saint that didn’t go through a proper canonization. In the Church’s first millennium, there wasn’t a formal canonization process at all, so most saints from that period were given the title if they were either martyrs or seen as extraordinarily holy.
St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the holy trinity to the Pagan believers who already believed in a multi-god religion. He also utilized the sun, a strong presence in the Pagan religion and incorporated it into the cross, now known as a Celtic cross. Many Christian’s bastardized Pagan holidays to help convert Pagans to Christianity.
It wasn’t arbitrary that the day honoring Saint Patrick was placed on the 17th of March. The festival was designed to coincide, and (it was hoped), to replace the Pagan holiday known as Ostara; the second spring festival which occurs each year, which celebrates the rebirth of nature, the balance of the universe when the day and night are equal in length, and which takes place at the Spring Equinox. In other words, Saint Patrick’s Day is yet another Christian replacement for a much older, ancient Pagan holiday. Although generally speaking, Ostara was most prominently replaced by the Christian celebration of Easter (the eggs and the bunny come from Ostara traditions, and the name “Easter” comes from the Pagan goddess Eostre).
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