History of St. Patrick's Day
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What is St. Patrick’s Day?
St. Patrick’s Day is a religious holiday on the 17th of March. It is named after Saint Patrick, the most commonly recognized of the patron saints of Ireland. It began as a purely Catholic holiday and became an official feast day in the early 17th century. It has gradually become more of a secular celebration of Ireland's culture.
St. Patrick’s Day has been observed by the Irish as a religious holiday for over a thousand years. On this holiday, which falls in Lent of the Christian season, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. Since during the Lent season there is a prohibition against eating meat, people would generally celebrate after Lent by dancing, drinking, and feasting on the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage.
Who was St. Patrick?
It has been told that St. Patrick teaches the Christian doctrine of the Trinity to the Irish people by using the shamrock as his teaching method. Through his many other successful missions, St. Patrick took on the symbol of principal champion of Irish Christianity and is held in esteem in the Irish Church. From then on, the shamrock became the popular symbol of St. Patrick’s Day and is seen on all sorts of decoration for this specific holiday.
Where is it celebrated?
The first St. Patrick's Day parade took place not in Ireland but in the United States. Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City on March 17, 1762. Along with their music, the parade helped the soldiers reconnect with their Irish roots, as well as fellow Irishmen serving in the English army.
Over the next 35 years, Irish patriotism among American immigrants flourished, prompting the rise of so-called "Irish Aid" societies like the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick and the Hibernian Society.
Each group would hold annual parades featuring bagpipes and drums.
Today, St. Patrick's Day is celebrated by people of all backgrounds in the United States, Canada and Australia. Although North America is home to the largest productions, St. Patrick's Day has been celebrated in other locations far from Ireland, including Japan, Singapore and Russia.
In North America, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Savannah celebrates this holiday with parades involving between 10,000 and 20,000 participants. In New York, the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade is probably the world’s oldest civilian parade and the largest in the United States, with over 150,000 participants.
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How do people celebrate this holiday?
On this day, people typically wear the color green as its association with St. Patrick grew. Green clothing is worn on this day to symbolize wearing shamrock in your clothing.
More recently St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in America by Irish and non-Irish alike. It is one of the leading days for consumption of alcohol in the United States, and is typically one of the busiest days of the year for bars and restaurants. Those who are caught not wearing green usually get jokingly pinched. Large cities such as Indianapolis and Chicago would dye its famous river green and has done so since 1962. Seattle and some other cities would paint the traffic stripe of their parade routes green. Savannah, Georgia dyes its downtown city fountains green, so does Columbia, South Carolina. Besides these fun traditions that some major cities have, we also have grand parades held to celebrate this holiday.
Decorating for this holiday
To decorate for St. Patrick’s Day, we need to remember to put our focus on the color green. Occasionally you can throw it orange colored decorations, but green is the biggest identifier for this holiday. Besides that, anything with shamrocks, gold coins, or leprechauns are great elements to add into your decoration for a St. Patrick’s Day party. For party favors you can always get shot glasses with bead necklaces for your guests to have, as we all know that this holiday is highly associated with alcohol consumption. Decorate your party with shamrock tinsel garlands or string green Christmas lights. Prepare some top hats reminisce of leprechaun hats for your guests to wear as the new fashion statement of the day! There is really no going wrong with decorating for St. Patrick’s day! Shop now to throw the most memorable and wild St. Patrick’s Day party ever at our St. Patrick’s Day decorations shop.
- More than 100 St. Patrick’s Day parades are held across the United States. New York City and Boston are the cities with the largest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.
- An Irish toast: “The Scots have their whisky, the Welsh have their tongue, but the Irish have Paddy, who's second to none!” - The first church founded by Saint Patrick is located at Mag-inis. The ground is considered holy.
- Believe it or not, the colour of St. Patrick was not actually green, but blue! In the 19th century, however, green came to be used as a symbol for Ireland.
- An Irish blessing: “May you always have... Walls for the winds, A roof for the rain Tea beside the fire, Laughter to cheer you Those you love near you And all your heart might desire.”
- What's good luck on Saint Patrick's Day?: Finding a four-leaf clover (that's double the good luck it usually is). Wearing green. (School children started this tradition of their own -- they used to pinch classmates who don't wear green on this holiday). Kissing the blarney stone.
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