There are many stories about the reason St. Patrick’s Day exists…but, there is only one TRUE reason. And…the Irish everywhere owe a debt of "thanks" to Norwegians such as myself.
Here is why….
The reason the Irish celebrate St. Patrick’s Day is because this is when
St. Patrick drove the Norwegians out of Ireland.
It seems that some centuries ago, many Norwegians came to Ireland to
escape the bitterness of the Norwegian winter. Ireland was having a
famine at the time, and food was scarce. The Norwegians were eating
almost all the fish caught in the area, leaving the Irish with nothing
to eat but potatoes. St. Patrick, taking matters into his own hands, as
most Irishmen do, decided the Norwegians had to go.
Secretly, he organized the Irish IRATRION (Irish Republican Army to Rid
Ireland of Norwegians). Irish members of IRATRION passed a law in
Ireland that prohibited merchants from selling ice boxes or ice to the
Norwegians, in hopes that their fish would spoil. This would force the
Norwegians to flee to a colder climate where their fish would keep.
Well, the fish spoiled, all right, but the Norwegians, as every one
knows today, thrive on spoiled fish. So, faced with failure, the
desperate Irishmen sneaked into the Norwegian fish storage caves in the
dead of night and sprinkled the rotten fish with lye, hoping to poison
the Norwegian invaders.
But, as everyone knows, the Norwegians thought this only added to the
flavor of the fish, and they liked it so much they decided to call it
"lutefisk", which is Norwegian for "luscious fish".
Matters became even worse for the Irishmen when the Norwegians started
taking over the Irish potato crop and making something called "lefse".
Poor St. Patrick was at his wit’s end, and finally on March 17th, he
blew his top and told all the Norwegians to "GO TO HELL". So they all
got in their boats and emigrated to Minnesota or the Dakotas—- the
only other paradise on earth where smelly fish, old potatoes and plenty
of cold weather can be found in abundance.
And now you know the true story.