By Jacob N.
According to Irish traditions, it started as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish.
However, for so many of us that are not Irish or Catholic, it has grown to have a different meaning. It continues to be one of the most recognized holidays in America. For most, myself included it has become a day of celebration for the excitements that spring brings.
The holiday occurs at a time when many workers are in desperate need of a break or reprieve from the humdrum of winter. Often the weather is just beginning to change, the flowers are sprouting, the animals are more active, the days are longer and people seem to be in better spirits generally. St. Patrick’s Day has become a day of comradery for all. Often co-workers and friends will dress alike in green or gather for a feast and celebrations. Even our own ActioNet offices will be celebrating the day together and recognizing March birthdays. If nothing more for non-Irish and non-Catholic participators, St. Patty’s day provides another opportunity for enjoying each other’s company and celebrating our unified commitments to supporting new growth and rejoicing in new opportunities for the future.
Many of us are excited to celebrate the ideas of new beginnings and fresh growth that spring reflects. ActioNet for me has always been a place that has encouraged my growth and exploration of new ideas and responsibilities. This will be my first St. Patrick’s day as an ActioNet employee. As a non-Catholic and non-Irish celebrator I look forward to gathering with this community to recognize fellow employees and their accomplishments of the past and those still to come.
I encourage all of us this St. Patrick’s Day to honor St. Patrick who was responsible for major change and growth in Ireland, by engaging in the comradery and spending some time in the gorgeous spring weather with friends dreaming and striving for a successful future together. Make sure to wear some green that day also, supposedly it will bring us luck.
Wear Green & Join us for the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on Friday, 3/17/2017!