St Patrick's Day: History & Traditions

What are some facts about St Patrick’s Day?
St. Patrick’s Day is an annual feast day celebrating the patron saint the day is named after. St. Patrick’s Day is the national holiday of Ireland and is usually celebrated on March 17, the day of his death. St. Patrick’s Day has become a popular holiday in the United States. People wear green and eat corned beef and cabbage.
What is St Patrick famous for?
Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. Although he was not born Irish, he has become an important part of the Irish heritage, mostly through his service across Ireland in the 5th century.
Why do people wear green on St Patrick’s Day?
It is believed people wearing green are invisible to leprechauns (fairy creatures who would pinch anyone they could see- anyone not wearing green). People began pinching those who didn’t wear green as a reminder that leprechauns would sneak up and pinch them.

On more serious note… green is one of the colors in Ireland’s tri-color flag, and it has been used in the flags of several Irish revolutionary groups throughout history. Green is also the color of spring, shamrock and the green landscapes Ireland is offering.
Who was Saint Patrick and what did he do?
Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. He was a Christian missionary credited with converting Ireland to Christianity in the 400s AD. So many legends surround his life that the truth is not easily found. St Patrick was not actually Irish.
Who drove all the snakes out of Ireland?
Patrick banishes all snakes from Ireland. The absence of snakes in Ireland gave rise to the legend that they had all been banished by Saint Patrick chasing them into the sea after they attacked him during a 40-day fast he was undertaking on top of a hill.
That is an interesting story buuuuut.. there is something here. Yes, there are no snakes in Ireland but there were never been any snakes in Ireland. This tickled my curiosity when I read that so I made a small research on it…
What place in the world has no snakes?

Snake-free countries are: Antarctica, Ireland, Newfoundland and New Zealand.
When was the first Saint Patrick’s Day Parade?
The first recorded St. Patrick’s Day parade was held not in Ireland but in New York City in 1760’s, and with the dramatic increase of Irish immigrants to the United States in the mid-19th century, the March 17th celebration became widespread.
The shamrock, pot-of-gold and leprechauns are also associated with St. Patrick’s Day. The shamrock was worn as a badge on the lapel. Three is Ireland’s magic number and the three petals that make up the shamrock are supposed to bring good luck. The three leaves also represent the Trinity in the Christian religion.
St. Patrick’s Day has become a holiday all around the world and for one day out of the year anyone can be Irish and join in the celebration.
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