St. Patrick's Day 2011

It is that time of year again… winter is finally in its last throws while spring begins to peek through the clouds, adding a hopeful electricity to the air that makes us think of freshness and renewal.  And of course, we kick off our springtime festivities with the St. Patrick’s Day bacchanalia that encourages people of all backgrounds to claim to be Irish… if only for a kiss!http://www.sikerado.hu/read hereWith my green beer firmly in hand and and Celtic Woman sweetly singing in my ear, I decided that it was time to bring the celebration back to Extraordinary Intelligence!

Two years ago, we introduced the famous Leprechaun Watch Live Cam to our Extraordinary Readers… and it quickly became one of the most viewed articles on the site.   In honor of St. Patty’s Day, we’re bringing it back!  This is a real cam set up in Tipperary, Ireland in a place known for Leprechaun and Fairy sightings… take a look!

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Now, many of my Pagan friends look quite unfavorably upon the St. Patrick’s Day celebration. After all, it was St. Patrick who brought Christianity to Ireland, effectively limiting the Pagan traditions favored up until that point.  Even the seemingly harmless clover is looked upon as an affront to Pagan tradition, as the three leaves were used by St. Patrick to teach about the Christian Trinity.   A great many Pagan traditions were destroyed by this conversion, or incorporated into the Irish brand of Catholicism.

ExtraordinaryIntelligence.com also previously visited this topic a couple of years ago in our exploration of facts and fiction related to St. Patrick himself… feel free to revisit this article.

The Mysterious St. Patrick

Still others claim that St. Patrick’s Day is just a clever way that Christians used to disguise a previously existing March 17th celebration of Osiris, or “The Green Man”.  This theory is highlighted here with the following observations:

• Osiris was believed to be the source of barley, which was used for brewing beer in Egypt.

It’s customary to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day and Osiris was known as the “Green Man”

The root word of Patrick is pater, the Latin word meaning father. Osiris is the father in the Egyptian Trinity.

green osirisThe Green Man: Osiris

For a further look at how Pagans view this day, please visit the following interesting and informative articles:

Should Pagans Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

Why Pagans Don’t Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Pagans and St. Patrick’s Day

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