St Patricks Day, Saint Patricks Day, or St. Patty's Day as it is often
called, is a day that few of us know much about, except that it is
associated with being Irish, shamrocks, wearing green, getting pinched,
luck, leprechauns, corned beef and cabbage, and March 17th, the day
Patrick died! It is also a day famous for drinking Green Beer! It is also called the Feast of Saint Patrick.
Celebrated On: Annually on March 17 Type of Holiday: Public Holiday in Ireland, Observance in other Counties Holiday Topic: Religious Holiday Celebrated Where: Ireland, the U.S. and many other Countries Around The World
The History of St Patricks Day in Video:
Some Fun Facts about St Patricks Day:
There really is a Saint Patrick. He was British, a priest, and called
as a bishop as an early missionary to Ireland in 432. He evangelized
there for almost 30 years, until he died in 461. He is highly regarded
in the Irish church, and is known as their patron saint.
is a myth that Patrick used the three-leaved shamrock to explain the
Christian Doctrine of the Trinity, (Father, Son, and Holy Ghost), to the
Saint Patrick’s feast days have
been celebrated, by the Irish, since the 9th and 10th centuries and
became part of the Catholic churches calendar in the early 1600’s. It’s a
Green ribbons and shamrocks have been worn on clothing since the 17th century.
first parade held to honor St Patricks Day took place in the United
States in 1762, where Irish soldiers in the English military marched
through New York City. They played Irish music and celebrated their
Irish roots. This little known religious holiday became greatly
celebrated by Irish Americans to honor their ethnicity.
1903, Saint Patrick’s Day became an official public holiday in Ireland,
and became more secular, rather than just religious. Many visited the
local pub or bar for a pint of beer to celebrate.
It is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church and Lutheran Church. Saint Patrick's Day was made an official feast day in the early seventeenth century, and has gradually become a celebration of Irish culture in general.
In the mid 1990’s Ireland began Saint Patrick’s Day festivals to showcase their culture. Many cities hold parades and festivals.
People in Chicago actually dye a portion of the Chicago River green on this day.
the United States this holiday is not a legal one, but we have
celebrated it since the late 18th century. It is a celebration of Irish
and Irish American culture. There are celebrations, feasts, drinking
beer, parades, religious celebrations, green clothing, and shamrocks.
Interestingly enough there are 35 million Irish American immigrants,
which is almost nine times the population of Ireland. No wonder it’s a
popular holiday in America!
The corn beef and
cabbage meal associated with this day has an American twist. The
traditional Irish meal was boiled bacon and potatoes, but in America,
Irish immigrants could buy a cheap cut of beef called brisket, soak it
in brine to tenderize it, and serve it with cabbage cooked in the brine.
They made soda bread to go with it.
day 13 million pints of Guinness, Irish stout, are consumed, which is
twice the amount consumed on other days. Many of them are tinted green.
The modern celebration has little to do with the man who started it all.
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