St. Patrick’s Day in Canada – March 17

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In St. Patrick’s Day, in many cities in Canada on Monday which is the nearest to 17 March celebrate this day since 1824. Because of this day depends on Irish culture, in that time people get together and enjoy in events which represents of Irish culture. They eat traditional meals especially Colcannon which includes potatoes with kale or cabbage or lamp with fresh vegetables, drink beverages. Of course this all comes in green. Green is very important in that day as symbol of day. So, in St. Patrick’s Day people try to wear in as green as possible. The origin of green is coming from a three-leaved plant which name is shamrock. In Irish custom number of three is an important number and their customs have lots of examples about triple gods. According to researchers even there is no such an evidence regarding St. Patrick using shamrock or its’ pagans’ bonds, there is lots of rumor about the relation between shamrock and Christianity regarding St. Patrick. In addition, green color started to use in Ireland in 1640’s in green harp flag then it is mentioned with together by people.

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St. Patrick’s Day

Even St. Patrick’s Day is an official holiday in Canada in Newfoundland and Labrador, people around country keep their shops open. Also governmental services such as post offices, public transportation runs regularly regarding their timetable. The other side of Canada, all kind of shops, stores or government services also open during that day. Some people or foundations organize events such as festivals or meetings to getting people together under St. Patrick’s Day.

St. Patrick’s Day

Historically, St. Patrick’s Day refers to celebration March 17 as death of Saint Patrick which lived in 385-461. He was a significant figure in catholic church among Anglican communion in Ireland. He was son of a wealthy family from Roman Britain. His family was very related to church; his father was a deacon is helping to church and his grandfather was a priest in Christian church. At he was sixteen, he kidnapped by Irish leaders as a slave. Then he was working as a shepherd and thought about reaching God and then he found. After Declaration about him, a part of it refers to Patrick’s holiness in “God told Patrick to flee to coast, where a ship would be waiting to take him home” then become a priest. In addition, custom says that, Patrick came to Ireland to convert people from pagan to Christianity and also stated that St. Patrick in many years worked with people and separate thousands of them from pagan thoughts and brought them in Christianity.

St. Patrick’s Day
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