The Origin of Saint Patrick’s Day

The origin of Saint Patrick’s Day
Saint Patrick’s Day is a religious celebration that started in the 17th century, to commemorate the life of Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. It is Known as “Feast Day” it is the anniversary of Patrick’s death. According to legend Saint Patrick he used the three-leaf clover to explain the trinity. Blue was the color that represented St. Patrick’s but then switched to green. On St. Patrick’s Day Irish and non-Irish participate in wearing green. Some believe Leprechauns are the reason your supposed to wear green, or you risk getting pinched, the tradition ties into the folklore that says wearing green makes you invisible to leprechauns which like to pinch anyone they can see. Historian Michael Francis says that the first Celebration of St. Patrick’s Day in America was in St. Augustine, Florida, while researching gunpowder. Ironically it was a group of redcoats who started the green tradition of Americas longest and largest parade for St. Patrick’s Day. In the 20th century St. Patrick’s Day became a party day, for Americans of

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all ethnicities. The shamrock is a big part of tradition it was a sacred plant in ancient Ireland because it showed rebirth of spring. The “Banishing of the snakes” was really a metaphor from when Ireland became Christian. And every year thousands of Irish American families come together to share a traditional meal and eat corned beef and cabbage. Before leprechauns got their name, they were called “lobaircin” meaning “small bodied fellow”. Some believe that these tiny men or women would use their magical powers to serve good or evil. So, St. Patrick’s Day started in Ireland in the 17th century then was brought to America around the 20th century and is celebrated by millions that dress up in green for the day.