Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Today is the feast day of Saint Patrick, the bishop responsible for much of the evangelization of Ireland (let us not forget Saints Columba, Bridget and Brendan who discovered North America). Often this feast day is confused with the causes of Irish nationalism and drinking. Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and Nigeria. Nothing says: "Happy Saint Patrick's Day" like jollof rice.

But this day has so much to offer (like this, for example)

It is also the feast day of Saint Gertrude of Nivelle, the patron saint of cats. Cats- according to some people- offer so much, like cuteness, music or humour. You decide.
Saint Joseph of Arimethia, who took Jesus' body from the Cross, also shares this feast day.
It's Gary Sinise's birthday, National Boxing Day in Thailand and Return of the Larks Day in Latvia.
So next time you raise a glass of real beer (not Molson or other American swill) to the house band who performed "Black Velvet Band", remember this day is not just like any other.

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