8 Facts about St Patricks Day!
Facts about St Patricks Day: Did you know St Patrick was not Irish, he was originally from England. He was born in Roman Britain.Which is strange as we all associate St Patricks Day as an Irish holiday. However, Saint Patrick’s Day is observed on 17 March, the supposed date of his death. It is celebrated inside and outside Ireland as a religious and cultural holiday. In the dioceses of Ireland, it is both a solemnity and a holy day of obligation; it is also a celebration of Ireland itself.
St Patrick was first brought to Ireland as a slave after having been captured and taken from his home, In Ireland, he was forced to herd sheep, he escaped his captivity, St. Patrick would return, bringing Christianity to the Irish people, who had been polytheistic to that point.
Secondly, 3 facts about the shamrock you may not know. The shamrock is actually not the national symbol of Ireland, the harp is. The Irish harp, though not as popularly well-known around the world as the shamrock for being an Irish symbol, is the official emblem of Ireland. This status dates back several centuries and the instrument’s history tells much about the history of the island. While its earliest origins are lost, the Irish harp has a certain history dating back at least 1000 years. In the days of the old chieftains, harpists were held in high regard. Stories were often told to the music of the harp and it encompassed the spirit of the country. Harpists used to travel the country of Ireland performing their folk songs and stories for the public. The shamrocks original purpose was to be a teaching tool. We may see it now as nothing or even lucky if we found one with four leaves. However, it was said to be a metaphor for the Christian holy trinity. Our final fact about the shamrock is that your odds of finding a 4 leaf clover are 1 in 10,000. Though they are found all over Europe, they’re extremely rare and almost impossible to find.
Did you know the first St Patricks Day parade took place in New York in the 1760’s? Now every year on March 17, the Irish and the Irish-at-heart across the globe observe St. Patrick’s Day. What began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland has become an international festival celebrating Irish culture with parades, dancing, special foods and a whole lot of green.
Although we now see leprechaun’s dressed in green and we all dress in green clothing to celebrate St Patricks Day. Blue was associated with St Patrick’s Day, the colour green was considered unlucky. It was once said to wear the colour green is to bring about death. Needless to say, this belief finally disappeared in the early 1900s, but I’m sure there are still a few out there that may remember some stories about it.
Did you know 5.5 million pint’s of Guinness are drunk daily all over the world? But on St Patrick’s day, that figure more than doubles to 13 million pint’s. It’s insane. The St. Patrick’s Day tradition began as a feast day held in honour of St. Patrick on the anniversary of the day he died. Christians are allowed to put aside their Lenten restrictions on food and alcohol consumption on this day, which is why excessive drinking has become so permanently linked to the celebration.
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