As soon as Valentine’s day ends my kids start planning for St. Patrick’s Day. No matter that we don’t have a drop of Irish blood in us, on St. Patrick’s day we’re all Irish in spirit.
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Some fun facts about St. Patrick’s Day:
St. Patrick was Actually English
St. Patrick was an English missionary in Ireland in the 5th century. After being captured by pirates and put to work in Ireland as a young man, he was able to escape back to England. After he became a Christian priest, he felt the call to return to Ireland to teach others about Christianity. He died on March 17 461, which became St. Patrick’s Day.
Blue not Green
The holiday was first tied to the color blue, which St. Patrick wore. The use of the color green representing the holiday could be a combination of several things. It seemed to have come later in the 18th century when, during the Irish rebellion, the soldiers wore green uniforms. Other reasons for the holiday to be tied to the color green may be that Ireland itself is called the “Emerald Isle”; Shamrocks, which are a prominent Irish symbol, are also green; and the Irish flag features the color green.
Irish Flag Colors
According to tradition, the green on the Irish flag represents the Catholics and the orange, the Protestants. The white in between symbolizes the peace in between the two.
What’s a Leprechaun?
A Leprechaun is a fairy from Irish folklore. Usually pictured as small, mischievous bearded men wearing a green hat and coat. They spend their time mending shoes which, apparently, is pretty lucrative since they hide all their gold in pots at the end of rainbows to keep it safe.
St. Patrick’s Day Parties
As can be suspected, the Irish take the holiday seriously with parades and festivals all throughout Ireland. The biggest St. Patrick’s day parade, though, takes place in New York City and was started by some homesick Irish immigrants in 1762.
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