Saint Patrick’s Day (or the Festival of Saint Patrick) is a day of religious and cultural celebration of the foremost Irish Patron Saint Patrick. St. Patrick’s Day is an especially important day for Irish Catholics, although several Christian denominations also recognize the supreme significance of this day.
March 17 marks the traditional death date of St. Patrick (c. AD 385-461). It was first recognized as an official Christian Church festival day in the 17th century. The Festival of St. Patrick is a celebration of Irish heritage and culture and is seen as the advent of the arrival of Christianity in Ireland.
Falling within the season of Lent, a time of religious temperance towards eating and drinking, the Catholic Church historically allowed their faithful to put aside the consumption restrictions for this one day during lent. Wishing to exploit the opportunity to imbibe spirits and brews within this short window of religious tolerance, so began the tradition of over-indulgence, especially with regard to alcohol.
Today we will see many icons representing, or purporting to represent Irish culture. Leprechauns, shamrocks and rainbows with a pot of gold attached to the back end are popular, but not really culturally significant; and, only the shamrock has religious significant. It is said that St. Patrick often used a three-leaved shamrock as a symbol of the Holy Trinity
In the modern era, St. Patrick’s Day has been adopted by people of many faiths and nationalities as a social holiday unlike any other where it’s common for anyone to exclaim, “Today, I am Irish!” However, with the increasing popularity, many prominent Irish figures have expressed regret that the association with alcohol consumption perpetuates negative stereotypes about people of Irish decent, and have urged both those with Irish heritage as well as those celebrating, to do so with a measure of restraint.
We too urge all revelers to act with restraint, dignity and reverence for St. Patrick and the historical significance of the date. We encourage temperance and good judgement in all your celebrations. And for those of Irish decent, we urge you to be responsible stewards of your heritage.
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to you all. Today, and every day…I am Irish!
In a prior life, Tim held a Series 3 and Series 34 CFTC registration and formerly was a Commodities Trading Advisor (CTA). He is also an expert and specialist in Ichimoku technical analysis. Tim was licensed Property & Casualty; Life, Accident & Health Insurance Producer in New York State. Clearly, Tim had some time on his hands and could not decide what he wanted to be when he grew up...so he stopped trying and started BoozeHunters.
In addition to writing about the Artful Pursuit of Libation, TK writes commentary on Politics and Social issues. This really pisses-off some family members and friends...but TK does not really care.
In the early days TK was a Bartender at a few of the Iconic, Long IslandMega-Clubs such as Spit and Sprat's on the Water. Growing up, his family owned and operated 5 liquor stores throughout the five boroughs of New York City...so as a kid he got free booze.
TK attended Boston College where he studied English Literature and Economics, and also attended the University of Siena, Italy where he studied studio art.
Mr. Kelly has been a decades-long community volunteer in his hometown of Long Island where he Established the community assistance foundation, Kelly's Heroes, he has also been a coach of Youth Lacrosse for over 10 years, Prior to volunteering in youth sports, Mr. Kelly was involved in the Inner City Scholarship program administered by the Archdiocese of New York.
Prior to creating BoozeHunters, TK was a team leader at Bloomberg Financial Markets, where he created Bloomberg Personal Magazine with an initial circulation of over 7 million copies monthly.
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