Annual 17th March is the day that the Irish community celebrates St. Patrick’s Day. This holiday is solemnly celebrated by Irish people living all over the world such as the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Newfoundland, Labrador, and Montserrat. In this article, we will reveal to you some unexpected facts about this special holiday.
1. The Patron Saint was not formerly Irish
St. Patrick is not an Irish man. Born in Maewyn Succat, the patron saint of Ireland was an Englishman. According to legend, he was enslaved in Ireland when he was a teenager. Then he became Catholic and escaped to England, becoming a missionary named Patrick and began to change religions for all Irish people to Christianity.
2. Repelling snakes
According to legend, St. Patrick chased the snake out of Ireland. However, according to biologists, the reality of snakes never appeared in Ireland. According to the official explanation, snakes are metaphors for the cults that St. Patrick removed from Ireland.
3. The popularity of the Shamrock tree – a symbol of luck and religious belief
It is thought that St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the three holy persons (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) to the Irish. Celts believe that each leaf of the cloverleaf has a meaning. So clover has been used as an effective teaching material: St. Patrick has built a number of clover churches, schools, and monasteries. That’s why in Ireland we can see the image of clover everywhere. Also, for the people of Ireland, clover carries the meaning of luck and religious belief. During St. Patrick’s Day, people paint clover on the face, clothes, and supplies.
Green also becomes a symbolic color for the emerald island. In the Irish language, the phrase “wearing of the green” became very popular, expressing the Irish spirit. “Irish green” and clover have become a typical cultural feature of Ireland during St. Patrick’s Day worldwide.
4. St. Patrick’s Day parade
On a national day and also the largest cultural festival of this beautiful country of Ireland, the Irish people stopped all their work and enjoyed the hilarious atmosphere of the festival together. Workplaces and schools are closed on holidays so no one misses this important national holiday.
The heart of the festival is the monumental parades with the participation of a large number of people. They dressed up as different characters in green costumes. After that, they eat traditional dishes together, drink beer and enjoy music. St Patrick’s Day was officially recognized as a national holiday in the seventeenth century and gradually became a typical holiday of the Irish community around the world.
Understanding these interesting features will help you easily immerse yourself in the atmosphere of St. Patrick’s Day. Why don’t you take a look at our shop to choose unique Patrick’s designs?