Mar 17

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patricks Day Karen and I hope everybody is having a safe and fun Saint Patrick’s Day!  For those that just celebrate to be celebrating here are some fun and interesting facts about what this day is all about.

  1. St. Patrick’s Day is observed on March 17 because that is the feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. It is believed that he died on March 17 in the year 461 AD. It is also a worldwide celebration of Irish culture and history.
  2. St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, although he was born in Britain, around 385AD. His parents Calpurnius and Conchessa were Roman citizens living in either Scotland or Wales, according to different versions of his story.
  3. As a boy of 14 he was captured and taken to Ireland where he spent six years in slavery herding sheep. He returned to Ireland in his 30’s as a missionary among the Celtic pagans.
  4. One very popular story is that St. Patrick was able to chase all of the snakes out of Ireland where they then drowned in the ocean. However, St. Patrick did not actually drive snakes out of Ireland; the snakes represent the pagans that he converted to Christianity.
  5. Blue was the first color associated with St. Patrick’s Day, however, around the 17th century, Green replaced blue due to green being the color of spring and the Irish flag as well as its nickname “The Emerald Isle” has green in it.
  6. Sometimes in the early 1700’s, Americans started the tradition of pinching if someone wasn’t wearing green. It was thought wearing green made one invisible to the leprechauns and fairy creatures that would pinch anyone they could see. To remind those not wearing green that leprechauns would sneak up and pinch the non-green wearers, folks began pinching them.
  7. New York City had the first organized parade in 1766, but the city of Boston first celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in 1737.
  8. Today there are 36 million Americans that claim Irish Descent
  9. Not until the 1960’s could people in Ireland celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in a pub. Ireland is heavily Catholic, and because St. Patrick’s Day is during  the season of Lent,  Ireland introduced a law that forced all pubs to close on March 17 the law was repealed in 1961 which means the Irish are now free to act as crazy as some Americans who use the day to get drunk celebrating the Irish.
  10. Patrick’s work in Ireland was tough, he was constantly beaten up, harassed by the Irish royalty, and made fun of by his British superiors. After he died on March 17, 461, Patrick was largely forgotten. Eventually the legend grew, more people celebrated his death.  In the early 17th century it became a feast day or a day to remember saints of the church.  St. Patrick’s Day today is basically a secular celebration of Irish culture


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1 comment

  1. cecilia

    Being Irish even just a little bit was important to my mother so this day was really special. I think we are so diverse we’ve forgotten about the importance of where we came from.

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