Ah, St. Patrick’s Day—the one day a year when everyone is a wee bit Irish, and the world celebrates in emerald-hued revelry! But have you ever stopped to wonder about the origins of this beloved holiday? Let’s take a look at the history of St. Patrick’s Day and how it has developed into what it is today.
The Origins of St. Patrick's Day
St. Patrick's Day commemorates the death date of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland who was born in Britain around 385 AD. Legend has it that he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and sold into slavery as a young boy, but eventually escaped and returned home after six years. He later became a priest and returned to Ireland to spread Christianity before his death on March 17, 461 AD. The day soon became an annual celebration in honor of him and his works for Christianity throughout Ireland—and thus, St. Patrick's Day was born!
Although not much is known about his life, some historians believe that he used the shamrock plant (a three-leaf clover) to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) during his teachings.
Today, people around the world come together every year to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with parades, parties, food, music, dancing…and lots of green beer! In America alone, over 33 million pints of Guinness are consumed on St. Patrick's Day each year!
It also happens to be one of the most popular days for weddings due to its celebratory atmosphere and significance as a cultural tradition. Who knew?
Although many countries observe different customs during their respective celebrations (like wearing orange in Northern Ireland or eating colcannon in Scotland), there is no doubt that everyone will be donning their finest greens come March 17th!
(I made colcannon last year and everyone loved it and went back for more. It is very simple to make and highly recommended!)
No matter where you are in the world on March 17th each year, chances are you'll find some sort of celebration taking place in honor of Saint Patrick and his legacy in Ireland! So grab your favorite green outfit (or just some clover-shaped accessories) and join us for some good old-fashioned Irish fun this St. Paddy’s Day - you won't regret it! Sláinte! (Cheers!)