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Happy St. Patrick's Day
St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17. Welcome sign of spring. We have never really celebrated this religious festival until few years ago here in Czech Republic.
Our religious festival is traditionally Easter, when we color eggs and have a tradition of whipping girls by guys with a wooden stick. The spanked woman then gives the man a colored egg and he even gets a shot of alcohol! That’s the way how we are doing it in Czech.
More about this tradition will be covered in future blog posts. The tradition of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in recent years has become widespread. People love to wear a green outfit and drink a green beer. Actually people love any good reason to celebrate and St. Patrick’s Day became one of the most important holidays.
More than 100 St. Patrick’s Day parades are held across the United States and many all countries over the world including Japan, Russia, Argentina to name a few.
But there is more behind this festival. Actually Saint Patrick, the patron of Ireland, wasn’t even born in Emerald Isle but in Roman Britain from where he was kidnapped and brought to Ireland. Later when he grew up he was ordained as a priest. His mission was to Christianize the Irish from their native polytheism. The legend says he was using a native Irish clover, the shamrock to explain the Christian doctrine. Three leaves symbolized the Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Other popular myth says that Patrick drew away the snakes from Ireland, but there were never snakes.
The traditional color used to be blue but that changed to green because of the shamrock and color of Ireland. Anything green and gold, shamrocks and luck started to be associated with St. Patrick’s Day.
In 1903, St. Patrick’s Day became an official public holiday in Ireland. But the first St. Patrick’s Day happened to be in New York because of the large number of Irish people who settled in America. In American cities with large Irish community is St. Patrick’s Day a big deal. The traditional dish is Irish-American meal corned beef cabbage witch immigrants started to cook.
You can celebrate this holy day with us at La Loca on the 17th of March. Shannon Irish music will be here to play followed by afterparty with DJ.