St Patrick’s Day

Written by  Monday, 17 March 2014 09:18

  Today is Saint Patrick’s Day, a day of celebrations and parades and partying. 


  According to Wikipedia, Saint Patrick's Day or the Feast of Saint Patrick is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated annually on March 17, the death date of the mostcommonly-recognized patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461).


  Saint Patrick's Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early seventeenth century.  Is commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general.  Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals  and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks.  Christians also attend church services, and the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day, which has encouraged and propagated the holiday's tradition of alcohol consumption.


  On St Patrick's Day it is customary to wear shamrocks and/or green clothing or accessories (the "wearing of the green").  St Patrick is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish.  In pagan Ireland, three was a significant number and the Irish had many triple deities.  The color green has been associated with Ireland since at least the 1640s.


  Saint Patrick's Day, while not a legal holiday in most of the United States, is recognized and celebrated as an official holiday in nearby Savannah and Chatham County.


  Colonel Mark W. McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said “Make safety a priority.  Driving impaired is dangerous and not worth the risk of killing yourself or someone else.  If you consume alcohol during your celebrations, be sure to designate a sober driver before the party begins.  If you don’t have a designated driver, call a taxi, a friend, or a family member to help you get home safely.”


  Georgia has a zero tolerance policy toward driving over the .08 blood alcohol limit. Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and TEAM Georgia want those celebrating popular drinking holidays like St. Patrick’s Day to have fun with friends and family, but also remember that if they are over the limit behind the wheel, they will be under arrest.      Last year, 161 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes in Georgia. That number has increased by more than 6 percent since 2012. The 9,300 alcohol-related crashes last year also resulted in 5,644 injuries.




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