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Maybe I shouldn’t admit this, but before I wrote this blog, the only thing I know about St. Patrick’s Day is that it’s on March 17, it’s an Irish holiday, and it’s an excuse to wear green, eat corned beef and cabbage, and drink beer.
So, I thought I’d do some quick research to find out the origin and meaning of SPD.
According to Wikepedia, it’s a cultural and religious holiday that commemorates Saint Patrick (c. AD 387–461), a patron saint of Ireland, and the arrival of Christianity in
. It was made an official feast in the early 17th
century and has become a celebration of Irish culture. Ireland
It is a public holiday in
Ireland, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Montserrat.
In North America, St. Patrick’s Day has been
celebrated since the late eighteenth century.
So, who exactly was Saint Patrick? He was born in Roman Britain in the fourth century. At 16, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken to
as a slave. He fled
captivity and returned to Ireland
and joined the church, studying to be a priest. He was a Catholic Saint credited with converting the island to Christianity. Irish folklore tells that he
used the shamrock to explain the Christian doctrine of the Trinity to the Irish
What is a shamrock? It's not used just for Lucky Charms and Shamrock Shakes, but it’s actually a three-leafed plant. A white clover. It was traditionally used for its medical properties and was a popular motif in Victorian times.
Why wear green? Originally, the color associated with Saint Patrick was blue. Over the years, the color green became associated with the day. And, of course, shamrocks are green. Ironically, in
there is very little reference to green—it’s more of an American thing. I mean
really—you don’t want to get pinched, do you? Ireland
Speaking of, why do we pinch people not wearing green on March 17? Apparently, the tradition of pinching started in the
1700s. U.S. St. Patrick’s Day celebrators thought
wearing green made one invisible to leprechauns, who would pinch anyone they
could see. Because everyone knows leprechauns can’t see you if you’re wearing
Why corned beef and cabbage? It’s considered a traditional Irish meal, but apparently in
today, the serving of corned beef is primarily for tourists, and many Irish in don’t
identify the meal as native cuisine. I’ve also heard that corned beef was the
only meat that Irish immigrants could afford when they came to American, and
that it’s now a reminder of their immigrant past. Ireland
And why is it called corned beef? The term comes from the treatment of the beef with “corns” of salt.
Why green beer? Really? You really need an answer for that? I didn’t think so.
So there you have it. A brief explanation of St. Patrick’s Day. Now don’t forget to wear green tomorrow. You don’t want those pesky leprechauns to see you…
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