St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated each year on March 17th to mark the day of his death and honor him as the principal patron saint of Ireland. It is also known as the Feast of Saint Patrick Day.
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Why St. Patrick’s Day?
St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated to mark the death of St. Patrick, proclaimed to be the principal patron saint of Ireland by public acclaim. He established churches and schools in his time as a priest. The Catholics honored him for his work and came to celebrate his death anniversary as a day dedicated to him as a token of remembrance and gratitude.
How Can We Observe St. Patrick’s Day?
All Catholics celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in their own way. One thing common to all celebrations is that they honor the history, culture, cuisine, and people of Ireland. Some fun and exciting ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your family and friends are listed below. Take your pick or come up with your own unique ideas to make the most of this day.
- Bake cakes with green frosting or cute little cupcakes in the shape of the Irish clover with your friends and family. Share your homemade treats with everyone to celebrate this day and spend quality time with your loved ones.
- Participate in fun runs and marathons across the country. This is a great idea for celebrating if you are a fitness enthusiast.
- Cook and eat corned beef and cabbage, a classic Irish meal. You can also go out to eat with your loved ones and spend the day reveling in traditional Irish cuisine.
- The most classic and traditional way to celebrate this day is to attend a mass in a church.
- Wear green, eat green, gift green and decorate your house in a green. St. Patrick’s Day is all about green, green, and green!
- Participate in a parade or visit one to see the exquisite roadshows and standees. You can turn it into a great day out with your loved ones.
- Go dancing with your family and friends to celebrate Irish dancing. Support local Irish music and dance groups.
- Spread the festivities on social media by using hashtags like #stpatricksday, #shamrock, #irish, #clover, #parade, and so on.
- Have an Irish movie night with family and friends. If you are all up for it, you can even organize a movie marathon!
- You can also go clubbing with your friends and drink Irish throughout the day at local pubs.
Interesting Facts On St. Patrick’s Day:
St. Patrick’s Day is a huge occasion for the people from Ireland and Catholics from around the world. It is celebrated with great pomp and show. People also share interesting facts from history about and on this day. Some such interesting facts are listed below.
- Patrick’s Day is a gazetted national holiday. Businesses close down for the day allowing everyone to join in on the festivities.
- Shamrocks are the national emblem of Ireland and very rare to find.
- The original color of St. Patrick’s Day was blue, but it soon evolved to green. The credit goes to the nickname of Ireland, ‘The Emerald Isle.’
- Beer is the most consumed beverage on St. Patrick’s Day.
- Chicago dyes its river green every year to honor St. Patrick’s Day. This tradition started in the year 1962.
- Patrick was not Irish. By birth, he was British and born into an aristocratic Catholic family.
History Of St. Patrick’s Day:
The history around St. Patrick Day is rooted in Christianity, mainly Catholic history. St. Patrick was a priest in Ireland in the 5th century. After a troubled childhood, he started working for the good of the people and brought Christianity to Ireland. Soon, he came to be proclaimed as the national apostle. He is believed to have explained the Holy Trinity – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, using the Shamrock, or three leaves of Irish clover.
People began celebrating a Catholic Feast Day on St. Patrick’s death anniversary from the 10th century onwards as a way of honoring him and his work. This tradition came to be adopted in America as well when homesick Irish soldiers of the British Army marched into New York City to commemorate and celebrate this day as per traditional Irish culture.