St. Patrick’s Day!
Did you know Saint Patrick wasn’t born in Ireland? Seems he was born in Britain and was kidnapped when he was a teenager and held as a slave in Ireland. Later he escaped back to Britain, and became a Priest. Saint Patrick had a calling from God to return to Ireland as a Bishop and spent 30 years building the church in Ireland. Although not the most successful Vatican Priest to reside in Ireland, he is considered the champion of Irish Christianity – and that’s why we celebrate this glorious day by dressing in green and drinking large quantities of beer.
Originally, Saint Patrick was associated with the colour Blue and we even have a colour named after him, being St. Patrick’s Blue (kind of a sky blue colour). However, back in the day, Saint Patrick used to use the shamrock (three-leafed clover) to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish and the fab just caught on. Many would wear green ribbons, shamrocks or other green shamrock inspired designs during this time. It kinda took off from there…
Some Cool St. Patrick’s Day Facts
– Today is a Provincial Holiday in Newfoundland and Labrador (I’m sure beer makers would love it to be a national holiday!)
– The Toronto Maple Leafs were known as the Toronto St. Patricks from 1919 to 1927 (They played a game in the old green jerseys on St. Patrick’s Day 1999)
– One of the longest running St. Patrick’s Day Parades has been going on in Montreal since 1824 (They must be getting tired by now!)
– Add your own facts in the comments below!
What to do in KW??
Pretty well every bar, pub, club and restaurant will likely be doing something to attract the droves of green clad beer drinkers looking to celebrate today. Some notable Irish Pubs are Bobby O’Briens (showing Live Irish Music and Dance with the Dole Tinkers) and McCabe’s Irish Pub and Grill (Special Irish menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Live music and traditional dance), but everywhere should have the green beer flowing in large quantities and lots of traditional Irish Fare to entice your taste buds!
The Kitchener Downtown is hosting a ton of events from all the Bars and Restaurants serving Irish Fare to Irish Music and Dancing at City Hall – Get out and Get Your Green On! Just Maybe you’ll get Lucky!