Ireland’s favourite public holiday, St. Patrick’s day is just around the corner. Thousands of people gather together, enjoying the day to celebrate the Irish with parades, a pint of beer while wearing green.
Now, do you know why we do this? Why this festive holiday take place every year? We have eight fun facts that you may or may not know about St. Patrick’s Day.
- St. Patrick is the patron of Ireland, but he was born in Britain. Both of his parents were Roman citizens that lived in the UK. When he was 14 years old, he was captured as a young slave and brought to Ireland where he spent six years of his life herding sheep.
- In 1737, the first St. Patrick’s parade took place in America. It took another 166 years before it came to Ireland where the first Irish parade happened in Co. Waterford in 1903.
- The purpose of this joyful event is to celebrate the arrival of Christianity. However, the holiday also marks the death of St. Patrick.
- Everybody wears green on March 17, but did you know St. Patrick was initially associated with the colour blue? The official colour was changed to green because most Irish men would wear a green shamrock lapel.
- The public celebration could have been called Saint Maewyn’s Day because St. Patrick’s birth name was Maewyn Succat. After becoming a priest, he changed his name to Patricius which means ‘Father Figure’.
- The green shamrock is famously associated with Saint Patrick because he used the three-leafed plant as a metaphor for the Holy Trinity when he introduced Christianity to Ireland.
- St. Patrick is famously known for driving the snakes out of Ireland. But scientists are questioning this legend as Ireland has never been homes to snakes due to the cold weather and also a sea is surrounding the country.
- Every year around St. Patrick’s day, the Irish Taoiseach presents the U.S president a crystal bowl of shamrock to symbolise the friendship between the two countries.
And a bonus fact, did you know it is very popular to send a green and white bouquet of flowers on St. Patrick’s Day? Send someone some Irish luck with our beautiful rose & lily white bouquet.
Don’t forget to leave us a comment if you know any other fun facts about St. Patrick’s Day. And remember, wherever you go and whatever you do, may the luck of the Irish be there with you!