March 21, 2023

All people loves St. Patrick’s Day. I imply, how will you not love a enjoyable pageant about consuming beer, carrying inexperienced, and getting along with household and mates? It’s the final celebration of Irish tradition. And with thousands and thousands of individuals world wide sharing Irish roots, it actually has turn out to be a worldwide celebration.

Fun St Patricks Day Facts

Enjoyable Info about St. Patrick’s Day

After visiting Eire a number of instances we have now been fortunate sufficient to be a part of our share of Irish celebrations. There’s a motive that St Patrick’s day is likely one of the most enjoyable celebrations world wide. So, head out to the Beer Retailer (all you Canadians) and seize your cans of Guinness, put in your inexperienced shirt, and let’s get celebrating!

1. Saint Patrick was Not Irish

Saint Patrick, a patron Saint of Eire was truly English. Extra precisely, he’s believed to have been from Wales or Scotland. He was dropped at Eire as a slave round 432 AD. however escaped and after hanging out in Eire working as a shepherd for a number of years, he returned to England to turn out to be a priest. He then later returned to Eire as a Christian missionary.

2. The Feast of St. Patrick

Facts about St Patricks Day Downpatrick

After St. Patrick’s loss of life, Eire devoted a day to him often known as the Feast of St. Patrick. The date of March 17 was chosen as a result of that was his loss of life day. St. Patrick died on March 17, in Downpatrick Eire. Again then, loss of life days have been extra necessary than birthdays. No person actually knew what day they have been born, but when they turned anyone, everybody knew their date of loss of life.

Thus the Feast of St. Patrick was celebrated yearly on the loss of life day of the patron saint. It was a day of feasts and non secular ceremonies. So, when St. Patrick’s Day rolls round this 12 months, let’s make it a feast day too!

3. No Beer!

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Because it was often known as the Feast of St. Patrick, St. Patrick’s day was initially a dry vacation. No beer was to be discovered. As a substitute, St. Patrick’s Day was a day of non secular ceremonies and feasts. In truth, it wasn’t till lately that Eire began celebrating St. Patrick’s day with the identical alcoholic vigor as the USA.

It has solely been extra lately that beer and hearty celebrations have turn out to be extra common in Eire. Some have stated that it was in 2016 when celebrating 100 years of Irish independence that St. Patrick’s Day actually began to take off in Eire. However from what I can inform, it’s been going robust in Dublin for many years.

4. 4 Leaf Clover

Opposite to common perception, the four-leaf clover will not be related to St. Patrick’s Day. Whereas the four-leaf clover is taken into account fortunate and is related with luck in each Irish tradition and world wide, it’s truly the three-leaf Shamrock that’s related to Saint Patrick.

5. The Shamrock

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Deb’s fortunate Shamrocks

Just lately we had a zoom assembly with some outstanding St. Patrick’s consultants the place we realized a bit of in regards to the traditions of St. Patrick’s Day in Eire. They informed us that it was necessary to put on a Shamrock and a badge for the St. Patrick’s Day festivities. The larger the higher. This custom has been happening in Eire because the seventeenth century!

The Shamrock has all the time been thought of a sacred plant to the Celts and Irish. The one motive they might provide you with it being related to St. Patrick’s day is that it’s believed that St. Patrick used it for instance when explaining the Holy Trinity whereas bringing Christianity to Eire. The three leaves are used to characterize, the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost.

6. Inexperienced Was Not the Color of Selection

Facts about St Patricks Day Ireland Green

Here’s a truth I didn’t know, the Nationwide shade of Eire was blue! Blue was all the time related to Eire and St. Patrick’s Day till the nineteenth century when Eire turned extra intertwined with the colour inexperienced. The Emerald Isle embraced the inexperienced altering their flag to the colours of Inexperienced White and Orange.

It wasn’t till Irish Independence that the colour inexperienced turned the image of Eire. However inexperienced has all the time performed a powerful function in Irish tradition with the Shamrock and the inexperienced harp flag utilized by the Irish Catholic confederation within the 1600s.

7. First St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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First Saint Patrick’s Day Parade was in Boston

After performing some analysis, I discovered that America first celebrated St. Patrick’s day in 1601, in St. Augustine, Florida. It was organized by the Irish vicar of the Spanish colony. (this may occasionally or is probably not true, as a result of in keeping with Eire tourism, it was certainly first celebrated in 1737 in Boston)

Regardless, the St. Patrick’s Day parade actually took maintain when it was held in Boston and New York Metropolis in 1737. It was the Irish members of the British Battalion who got here dwelling feeling homesick and nostalgic. They got here collectively for the primary St. Patrick’s Day Parade to have a good time their Irish tradition.

And, now, as they are saying, the remaining is historical past. America celebrates St. Patrick’s day with extra vigor than Eire! However Eire has been gaining velocity previously few many years and St. Patrick’s Day will probably be ceaselessly related with Irish tradition world wide.

8. Downpatrick, Eire

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Memorial Stones – ultimate resting locations of Saint Patrick in Down Cathedral

In the event you make a pilgrimage to Eire within the close to future (which we extremely advocate, it’s our favorite nation to go to!) you may see the grave of St. Patrick within the city of Downpatrick. Situated in County Down in Northern Eire, Down Cathedral dates again to 1183 and homes the stays of St. Patrick. In Downpatrick, they have a good time the life and legend of St. Patrick all 12 months lengthy.

9. St. Patrick’s Centre in Northern Eire

The St. Patrick’s Centre in Downpatrick is the one heart on the earth devoted completely to St. Patrick. There’s an Imax expertise telling They usually even have their very own Camino on St. Patrick’s Means. I’m completely doing this once we return to Eire.

10. The Rock of Cashel – Aka St. Patrick’s Rock

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Rock of Cashel – Historic and delightful locations to go to in Eire

Not solely is it a ravishing place to go to in Eire, The Rock of Cashel in Tipperary, is related to St. Patrick. It was right here that he baptized King Aengus, Eire’s first Christian chief. However I like this legend a lot better: It’s stated that St. Patrick banished Devil from a mountain cave. In a fury Devil took a chunk from the mountain and spat it out, thus creating the Rock of Cashel. With 1000 years of historical past, it is likely one of the coolest locations in Eire that we visited.

11. The Delusion of the Snakes

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I by no means actually knew this earlier than, however legend has it that St. Patrick drew all of the snakes out of Eire. Properly, apparently, snakes by no means lived in Eire.

12. Leprechauns and St. Patrick’s Day

Many related St. Patrick’s Day with Leprechauns proper? Properly, they don’t have anything to do with St. Patrick. Leprechauns are part of the Irish tradition in Irish folklore. They have been little individuals who appreciated to play sensible jokes on others. Throughout my analysis, I learn that Walt Disney sparked the connection in his film, Darby O’Gill & the Little People starring Sean Connery. (I’m completely going to rent this movie on St. Paddy’s Day)

13. Celebrating Irish Tradition – St. Patrick’s Day Traditions

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  • Individuals began dying their beer inexperienced within the early 1900s.
  • The river runs via Chicago within the US. (The Chicago River, is dyed inexperienced every year!)
  • Individuals world wide with Irish Ancestry collect for this historic Irish Feast Day.
  • Some 70 million folks world wide have Irish Ancestry. Dave and I included! Dave truly has actually deep Irish blood. Try Dave discovering his Irish Roots here.
  • Irish People eat corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day. This isn’t an Irish custom. In Eire, they ate ham.
  • Buildings all around the world mild up in Inexperienced on St. Patrick’s Day. I’m going to maintain an eye fixed out for the CN Tower this 12 months!

In conclusion

So now that you understand a bit extra about St. Patrick’s Day while you cheer your pint of Guinness and put on your inexperienced, give a nod to the Patron Saint of Eire who began all of it. Or maybe, we should always pay tribute extra to the homesick Irish immigrants in America who got here to have a good time their homeland.

Regardless of the motive, St. Patrick’s day is well known world wide via gatherings of inexperienced and Guinness. We’ve traveled the world, and I can say that there’s an Irish pub in practically each metropolis on the earth. The Irish are positively doing one thing proper celebrating life with a sure Joie de Vivre.

Comfortable St. Patricks Day everybody. Or as they are saying in Eire, “Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Dhuit. (Regulation Fey-la Paw-rick Solar-a-dit)