Entry 4 & 5 - History and religion - Traditions and public holidays
Mar 21, 2012
|Today we are going to a museum and check out the Irish history and the start of the Christian culture in Ireland for a long time ago.
We got too the museum at 10.15 in the morning. We got a guided tour around the museum and the guide told us all about who St Patrick was and what he means too the irish people. Now I'm going to tell you a bit about what the guide said too us.'
The Irish civil war
Some groups refused to agree the terms of peace that Ireland had in the early 2000's. The most socialists were not happy with the terms of peace which was written in 1921. Not least was the socialist unhappy that it would not create a new society that they wanted.
The civil war began when the British had left the newly formed Irish state. With the war was the Irish republican army who resisted the corps from the newly formed free state. The war was a bitter war that continued until 1923 and cost just over 10 000 human lives. The civil war came to create divisions within Irish politics as in many respects still apply. It took over a destroyed and poor country while trying to create a strong nationalism. A constitution adopt in 1937 with De Valera as an architect. De Valeria was a known following by the gaelic language. He took the language Gaulish as a vernacular in Ireland despite the majority of the Irish people who only spoken English. It was also decided that the Irish state would cover the whole island Ireland. Now, in 2012 everybody in Ireland speak both English and Gaulish. All signs like road directions and stuff like that are bough in Gaulish and English.
Almost everyone in Ireland is Christan people because of one man, that man in St Patrik. The Irish people celebrate the same Christian holidays as we do in Sweden. The big man in the irish culture was St Patrik, he was a saint who died 17th Mars, around 460 A.D and therefor the national day in Ireland is the 17th of Mars.
St Patrik was the one who brought Christianity to Ireland. He was born in Britain but was taken away from Britain by the Irish warriors in the age of 16. He started to work as a shepherd for six years, outdoors and away from people. Lonely and afraid he turned too his religion for solace and he got more and more into god's way of the life. After all those six years as a shepherd St Patrik heard a voice that he though was god. The voice told him too return back too Britain and meet his family again. After he got to Britain he heard god's voice again, this time god said too St Patrik that he would return too Ireland as a missionary and convert the irish people into Christian without violence.
He did was god told him, he started too preach in Ireland for the irish people. They started too listen too him and though he was very wise. In one of his preach he used a shamrock too show what he meant by the trinity of good (The father, The son and the Holy spirit). Therefor the shamrock has been a symbol of Ireland.
The St Patrick's day is now a big tradition i Ireland. The people celebrate the national day many days before its real day. The Irish people people walk around with green cloths and green hats with a shamrock on top of it as a symbol of the trinity.
Just because St Patrik they also celebrate Easter and many other Christian holidays like we do in Sweden. Before Easter the family's household prepare their homes for Easter by doing what is known as ”spring cleaning”. That means that they clean the whole house to prepare for the blessing by the local priest which is a religious ceremony. This has been done sence hundreds of years back in time. They also by brand new clouth just so they can wear them at the Easter sunday.
They also paint eggs just like us in Sweden. They paint them with different colors and designs. They dont eat any eggs from the good Friday to the Easter Sunday, that's when the whole family sits down and eats a lot of good food with eggs and wears their new clothes.