Saint Patrick’s Day is a day when everyone is Irish. For decades this holiday is celebrated with the traditional corn beef & cabbage, parades , church services, and green beer.
It has a reputation for allowing extra indulgences with alcohol for many adults, and gives people a “pass” to take off work or school to watch the parade and continue to celebrate at the local bar. Others see it as a very holy day of remembering the patron Saint Partick.
Who was Saint Patrick of Ireland?
According to History, Saint Patrick was a fifth-century Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. Known as the "Apostle of Ireland", he is the primary patron saint of Ireland, and turned many pagans toward Christianity. Regardless of how you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day it is always full of different traditions.
Traditions with St. Patrick’s Day
The holiday is celebrated in different ways around the globe, ranging from the preparation of corn beef, potatoes and Irish Soda Bread to decorating the home with shamrocks and gold coins.
How did this little piece of greenery come into the Irish tradition of St. Patricks day?
According to Time, the shamrocks are a trefoil plant, and were worn by poorer Irish citizens to church ceremonies on St. Patrick's Day to look cleaner.
When the Irish started to move to America they wanted to pay tribute to their heritage and culture by sharing with everyone the symbol of the Shamrock also meaning the “rebirth of spring”.
You know that little guy with the green hat?
This wee person called the leprechaun is another staple of Irish folkure, often described as a mythical mascot of St. Patrick's Day celebrations. He is always looking for his Lucky Charms!
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