St. Patrick’s Day is a time to wear green and celebrate Irish ancestry. But it’s also a religious observance for many Catholics, Anglicans, Eastern Orthodox and Lutherans.
The holiday stems from the introduction of Christianity in Ireland, and March 17 is said to be the day St. Patrick died in A.D. 461. The long-running tradition of shamrocks in the holiday comes from the reported teachings of St. Patrick, who used the plant as a demonstration of the Christian Holy Trinity.
St. Patrick’s Day also comes on the tail end this year of the Jewish celebration of Purim. That weekend, which includes jokes and costumes, celebrates how King Ahasuerus’ royal vizier, Haman, was foiled in exterminating the Jews in his empire by Mordecai and adopted daughter Esther, who at the time had become queen of Persia next to Ahasuerus.
Purim has since become a day of celebration, which like St. Patrick’s Day, could include some alcohol and parties.
There are local observances of St. Patrick’s Day that might help keep some green in your wallet. The first is Pasco Kinship Care’s free family fun event at Old McMicky’s Farm in Odessa from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today. That event includes hands-on interaction with animals, pony rides, hayride, barn maze and a lakeside lunch.
Two thrift stores also will offer discounts today to shoppers celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.
HPH Hospice thrift stores are offering a 30 percent discount on any items with a green tag today. The sale is taking place at both their 4910 Allen Road, Zephyrhills, store, as well as their 6528 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey, store.
Gulfside Hospice Thrift Shoppes also will offer discounts, but for them 17 percent storewide. For a list of their store locations, visit GHPPC.org.