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Posted: Thursday, March 12, 2020 9:00 am | Updated: 11:15 am, Thu Mar 12, 2020.

Each year, Irish-Americans and others take part in festivities of which include an abundance of clover themed decor, beer and green attire. About 33 million people will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, according to Wallethub.com. This means approximately 13 million pints of Guinness beer will be consumed on March 17 (Fortune.com). 

Why All the Festivities?

March 17 marks the day of remembrance for the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. Recognized for his success as a Christian missionary, Patrick’s birth name was Maewyn Succat. Although he is associated with his impact in Ireland, Patrick was not born in Ireland, but in  Britain. Kidnapped at an early age, he was brought to Ireland as a slave. To escape slavery, Patrick fled to France where he turned to Christianity and became a missionary. Traditional tales of St. Patrick explained that he felt called to Christianize Ireland by abolishing pagan practices of the long-standing Druids, thus aiding the spread of Christianity to Ireland. 

So what’s the deal with the shamrock? 

According to legend, St. Patrick often used the three-leaf clover to explain the Holy Trinity in his mission to spread Christianity. 

No Pints on St. Patrick’s Day?

In Ireland, the rich history has adapted over time into widespread pub celebrations. But before the modern interpretation, until the 1970s Irish law banned pubs from opening on March 17 as the holiday was celebrated annually as a religious feast day. Taking place during Lent, Irish lawmakers sought to avoid the temptation of drinking alcohol on the dignified holiday. Presently, celebratory Irish-themed alcoholic beverages are custom and encouraged at bars in Ireland and the United States. 

In March, St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations are happening throguhout the mountain communities. SkyPark at Santa’s Village will host a weekend celebration of “Shamrocks and Shenanigans” on March 14 and 15 located in Skyforest. As restaurants prepare for St. Patrick’s Day, special menu items of corn beef and cabbage will be served at The Grill, RB’s Steakhouse and Bill’s Villager. See page A9 in our Mountain News print edition to check out the list of St. Patrick’s Day events in our Weekend Happenings section. 

Ireland Impacted by CoronaVirus

On March 9, Ireland canceled several St. Patrick’s Day Parades (including Belfast and Dublin) amid concern over the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). According to the BBC, Health Service Executives in Ireland have reported 24 confirmed cases of the virus on the island. Additionally, in the United States, Boston has canceled its parade to further prevent the spread of the virus.

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