St. Patricks Day 2011

A very happy St. Patrick’s Day to everyone! I know this is a little late but I still wanted to wish you all a fabulous day!  I also thought it would be fun to give everyone a little history on why this Day came to be and who St. Patrick really was.  I’ve heard several people ask about this and why it is celebrated in the first place so here is what I have found out…

Saint Patricks day became official in the 17th century to honor the patron Saint Patrick.  Saint Patrick was born in Britain in the 4th century and in his teenage years he was kidnapped by Irish Raiders and taken to Ireland as a slave.  He eventually escaped back to Britain where he started to learn to become a priest. 

In 432 he returned to Ireland to spread the word of Christianity to the Irish.  One of his teachings was using the shamrock to explain the Christian Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Ghost) to the Irish people and that is why shamrocks are so prevalent on St. Patrick’s Day.  Saint Patrick spread the word for almost 30 years and died on March 17th.  Blue was originally the color associated with Saint Patrick but over the years it was changed to green which is why everyone always associates with the need to wear green today.

Isn’t that pretty interesting? I really enjoyed visiting Ireland, England and Scotland on a school trip about 3 years ago and having a bit of Irish in me too makes me really love and open up to learning all sorts of information about these areas in Europe.  So I felt like sharing that with all of you! 🙂

Another fun side note if you ever wondered why you get pinched if you’re not wearing green…well it is believed that leprechaun’s love to run around and pinch anyone and everyone.  The trick is leprechaun’s can’t see green so if you are pinched on St. Patrick’s day it was a reminder that if you weren’t wearing your green the leprechaun’s would see you and also pinch you.  I guess this tradition also started in the 17th century when St Patrick’s Day became a yearly celebration!



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