|The Week in Doubt|
He is [blamed for] bringing Christianity to the island (and is the legendary figure said to have driven the "snakes" of Ireland into the sea).
|Nature-based wise ones killed|
It is a secular celebration of Irish heritage and pride in the form of festivals and parades, as well as more than a few pub crawls.
Many people (not just the Irish) get into the spirit of the day by dressing in green, eating smelly corned flesh and cabbage (a tradition from Irish immigrants in America), and drinking Irish intoxicants.
The festive atmosphere has influenced partygoers to refer to the day informally by nicknames of Patrick, but one name tends to raise the hackles of many celebrants, be they Irish by heritage or just for the day. More