St. Patrick’s Day will be celebrated this Saturday, March 17th. Although today St. Patrick’s Day is a fun holiday celebrated with green beer, shamrocks, luck, and leprechauns, this festive holiday has been molded over the years into something very different than its origin.
It has become commercialized over the years and the origin of this holiday actually has very little in common with what we celebrate today. From a quick google search you will find that Saint Patrick was not born Irish and the original color associated with this holiday was blue, not green.
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The History of St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day is a religious holiday that has been observed by the Irish for over 1,000 years. Saint Patrick was born in Roman Britain and was kidnapped and brought into slavery in Ireland as a teen. He is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland and myths and legends state that he explained the Holy Trinity using the three leaves of the Irish clover, also known as a shamrock.
In Ireland St. Patrick’s Day was observed as a religious holiday rather than a festive holiday. It wasn’t until the last 1990s that the Irish government began to use St. Patrick’s Day as a way to drive tourism and showcase the Irish culture to the world. Before the 1970s you couldn’t get a pint of beer at a local Irish pub on March 17th because they were mandated to be closed in observance of the religious holiday!
Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day Today
St. Patrick’s Day has transformed over the years and is now celebrated as a fun festive holiday. It’s no secret that many holidays have become commercialized over the years and these holidays drive tourism and major seasonal product consumption.Today if you don’t wear green on St. Patrick’s Day you just might find yourself being pinched. Here’s a few clothing ideas to avoid getting pinched!
Young children learn about St. Patrick’s Day and delight in hearing stories about leprechauns and finding pots of gold at the end of a rainbow. Here’s a few book options to get for your little one.
Nowadays I don’t give much thought to leprechauns but I do like to get festive and wear green. One of my favorite things to do on St. Patrick’s Day is going to a local pub and getting a pint of green beer!
Tell us, do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?