St. Patrick’s Day 2012 in Hawai’i

St. Patrick’s Day is probably one of the most celebrated saint’s day in the world, and the celebrations surrounding St. Patrick’s Day happen globally, who would have thought that one of the biggest celebrations happens right here on Oahu?

St. Patrick

So who is St. Patrick, and how did he come to be so celebrated? One of the little known facts about St. Patrick is that he was born in the fourth century in Roman Britain. After being held captive as a slave, escaping back to Britain and joining the church, he gained his fame when he returned to Ireland to Christianize the polytheistic Irish people, using a shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity. Over time the celebration of St. Patrick on March 17th slowly gained popularity until it was eventually placed on the liturgical calendar in the Catholic Church. In the 90’s the Republic of Ireland’s government began using St. Patrick’s Day to showcase Ireland and its culture in the form of the St. Patrick’s Festival. The day is typically celebrated by attending church services, wearing the color green, and the lifting of Lenten restrictions on eating, and drinking alcohol.

St. Patrick’s Day in Hawai’i

It seems that the people of Hawai’i are always ready for a good celebration, and St. Patrick’s Day is no different. One place that has an annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration is Murphy’s Bar just outside of Chinatown in Honolulu. This year will mark their 25th year of celebrating, and the brewers of Guinness even said that it’s “the single biggest St. Patrick’s Day party any one bar throws in the United States.” This year’s festivities will begin at 11:00 a.m. for lunch, and the open-air festival starts outside at noon for a variety of beers, spirits and food from Fish ‘n’ Chips to the traditional corn beef and cabbage. And for every pound of corn beef sold Murphy’s will donate $2.00 Hawaii Children’s Cancer Foundation. After the sun goes down is when Merchant and Nuuanu streets close down so that the festivities can take over.

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