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St. Patrick's Day 2016: The Religious Backstory

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 03.16.2016 | Religion

St. Patrick's Day is best known for parades, beer, and turning rivers green, but the holiday has a long history that's more somber than its current in...

The Stories Behind Your Favorite St. Paddy's Traditions Might Surprise You

LittleThings | Posted 03.15.2016 | Weird News

By Rebecca Endicott, writer at LittleThings It may still feel like the depths of winter, but with March almost here, everyone is getting ready to cel...

When Ireland's Pain Was America's Gain

Llewellyn King | Posted 03.09.2016 | World
Llewellyn King

There will be the "wearing of the green" all over the world come St. Patrick's Day on March 17. Nowhere more so than in Boston, Chicago and New York. ...

The Religious Backstory To St. Patrick's Day

The Huffington Post | HuffPost Religion Editors | Posted 03.16.2015 | Religion

St. Patrick's Day is best known for parades, beer, and turning rivers green, but the holiday has a long history that's more somber than its current in...

Who Was St. Patrick?

Religion News Service | Kimberly Winston | Posted 03.13.2015 | Religion

For Catholics, Episcopalians and some Lutherans, March 17 is the Feast Day of St. Patrick. For the rest of us, it’s St. Patrick’s Day — a midwee...

Pope Francis and St. Patrick Remembered This Week

Ray Flynn | Posted 05.12.2015 | Religion
Ray Flynn

With the second anniversary of Pope Francis on March 13, I was thinking about how one person has been able to inspire and unite so many people in such a short time, but not without some controversy. His early comment, "who am I to judge", certainly got it all going. This reminded me about the life of St. Patrick and the tolerance of the Irish.

The Religious Background Of St. Patrick's Day

Posted 03.17.2014 | Religion

St. Patrick's Day is best known for parades, beer, and turning rivers green, but the holiday has a long history that's more somber than its current in...

March 17: Here's to the Patron Saint of Nigeria

Jeremiah Horrigan | Posted 05.11.2014 | Religion
Jeremiah Horrigan

Most everything you know about St. Patrick is wrong. He wasn't Irish and he wasn't named Patrick. He wasn't the first Christian missionary to visit Ir...

The Festival Next Door

Global Yodel | Posted 06.09.2013 | Travel
Global Yodel

We here at Global Yodel asked our contributors to share with us photos and stories from festivals in their hometowns. We wanted to see cities come alive with visitors, lights and costumes.

10 (American) Irish Pubs Worth Visiting

Posted 03.16.2013 | Travel

St. Patrick's Day is a celebration of many things -- Irish heritage, shamrocks, the ministrations of a 5th-century priest -- but in modern American cu...

The Truth, the Whole Truth and Nothing But the Truth about St. Patrick

Greg Tobin | Posted 05.16.2013 | Religion
Greg Tobin

St. Patrick is not the benign figure wearing a green bishop's miter holding a shamrock and casting the snakes from the shores of his homeland,

How To Avoid Looking Like This On St. Patrick's Day

The Huffington Post | Michelle Persad | Posted 03.11.2013 | Style

St. Patrick's Day is less than a week away. That means in a few days the streets are going to be filled with hordes of drunk people wearing mardi gras...

America's Oldest National Political Holiday

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.21.2012 | Home
Chris Weigant

On March 18, 1766, for the very first time America celebrated a political event together -- and they continued to do so for years afterwards. Together. As Americans -- celebrating a purely American national political holiday.

Did You Know? St. Patrick Wasn't Irish Huffington Post | Posted 03.17.2012 | Home - Planning to wear green, watch a parade and enjoy some corned beef in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day this weekend? First, get your fa...

St. Patrick's Day History: What You Need To Know

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

St. Patrick's Day is celebrated each year on March 17th. This day marks the accepted date in 493 CE of St. Patrick's death. As St. Patrick is the f...

No Green Beer: Keeping St. Patrick's Day Holy

Michele Somerville | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michele Somerville

My memories of St. Patrick's Day in New York do not revolve whoozily around Guinness and Jameson, although both have been on hand.

Friday Talking Points [116] -- Is It Sausage Yet?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If nothing else comes of it, you've got to admit that the health reform movement has given a lot of people a very detailed education about the sausage-making process in Washington.

Happy St. Patrck's Day: 'How The Irish Saved Civilization' (POLL)

The Huffington Post | Amy Hertz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Happy St. Patrick's Day! It was the time of St. Patrick himself to which author Thomas Cahill refers in the title of his book, "How the Irish Saved Ci...

St. Patrick, One of Christianity's Earliest Liberation Theologians

Kathleen Deignan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Kathleen Deignan

Patrick's true grit is in his Letter to Coroticus, in which he excoriates a Welsh chieftain for his theft of young Irish women for the slave trade the first anti- human trafficking manifesto.

Saint Patrick and the Snakes

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Chris Weigant

By bringing Christianity to so many of the Irish people, Patrick was a major instrument of Christianity supplanting the Druids. And, by doing so, Patrick "drove the snakes into the sea" in a metaphorical way.

Put St. Patrick Back In St. Patrick's Day!

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

St. Patrick was, in short, an amazing guy. He offers Christians important lessons about forgiveness and love.

A Wee Chat With St. Pat

John Bobey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
John Bobey

John:Top of the mornin' to you!St. Patrick: OK, that's a terrible Irish, worse than Brad Pitt in The Devil's Own.