Happy St. Patrick's Day! Who is St. Patrick and why is his day such a partyfest?
The rumor has it that he is the one who drove the snakes out of Ireland. Hey, who wouldn't want to party after that? And yet this doesn't seem to be a big deal since Ireland is an island and has been since before the ice age. That coupled with a cold wet climate means that there were probably relatively few snakes to drive away. I am apt to believe that the full story of St. Patrick probably had more to do with bringing Christianity to Ireland in place of Paganism.
Here is more on St Patrick than you probably ever would want or need to know. And here is some history from the Catholic Church. All of this should keep you enlightened, engrossed and entertained while you paint your face green, wear as much green clothing as you can find and down a keg or two of beer in celebration.