Pride of the Irish
Origin of St. Patrick’s Day
On March 17, 461 AD, when Patrick of Ireland died, a new holiday was born. Though the celebrations began in the 700′s as a traditional Catholic Holy Day, over the years St. Patrick’s Day has become more a secular holiday which marks the beginning for spring. The official date for the beginning of spring is March 21, and this also supports the tradition of wearing green. Green is the color for life and growth, and on this day if you desire good luck, you should “be wearin’ a touch o’ the green”!
So wear your Pride of the Irish or your Luck of the Irish Tee Shirts!
St. Patrick’s Day Traditions
The spreading of Christianity and Catholicism to the Irish of the 4th and 5th century is mainly attributed to St. Patrick, who received the name of Patrick while in seminary after his captivity in Ireland. Traditions that originated back in the 7th century have changed from being strictly religious to a St. Patrick’s Day where “everybody is Irish for the day”.
Tradition has it that St. Patrick often used a Shamrock to explain to pagans the concept of the Trinity. The trinity is the Father, Son and Holy Ghost which Christians know all stem from the same God three in one like the Shamrock plant – three leaves from one stem. If you are wearing a shamrock you can claim Good Luck or Blessings! The tradition of the Shamrock still remains though most don’t know the reason behind it; but it still means “Good Luck” to whoever wears it or receives it.
St. Patrick’s Day Observed in the United States
St. Patrick’s Day was first observed as a holiday in the United States in 1737. The US was still under the authority of the British, because the Revolutionary War that gave freedom did not even start until 1776. So even though many of the Irish had not yet arrived to our shores yet, St. Patrick’s Day was still considered a very important holiday.
Of course, one of the most popular St. Patrick’s Day traditions is the drinking of particularly green ale. Green is the color of the day! For this holiday, there should be no bar or tavern which does not add some green food coloring to a keg of draft beer to serve mugs of tinted beer to its customers.
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Whatever your St. Patrick’s Day traditions are, remember to wear your green to show off your pride of the Irish and most of all enjoy this fun holiday.
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