Saint Patrick’s Day

st pat day

Ok it is Saint Patrick’s Day and you know how much I know about Saint Patrick well you could write all I know on the top of a pin with space left over, yeah that is how much I know.

So I did what people do when they know nothing about something, I Google Saint Patrick and this is what I found out. The 17th of March is the day of his death, ok I knew that already and he is the foremost saint of Ireland, I also knew that.

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Now for something I didn’t know, Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century and is observed by Catholics, Anglicans, Eastern Orthodox and Lutheran churches ok have no idea what Eastern Orthodox and Lutheran churches are just saying. Also never heard of the Church of Ireland which is suppose to be Anglican.

The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland as well as celebrating the heritage and culture of the Irish. It is a holiday in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland as well as in Newfoundland and Labrador.
fun facts

Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated by the Irish and others all over the world but mostly in Great Britain, Canada, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and the U S A.

The colour green has been associated with Ireland since around 1640 when something called the green harp flag was used by the Irish Catholic Confederation whatever that was. Green ribbons and shamrocks have been worn on Saint Patrick’s Day since around 1680.

celtic cross

During the 20th century something called the St Patrick’s Day Cross became popular this is a Celtic Christian cross made of paper that was covered with silk or ribbon of different colours, it has a bunch of green silk in the centre.

What I do know is that St Patrick’s Day is a day when people wear green, drink green beer and get drunk, honestly for most people I bet they can’t tell you who St Patrick was or what he did they just see it as a day to wear green drink green drinks and get drunk.

I didn’t know when he lived until I Google St Patrick but for those who are interested he lived during the 5th century born around 386 AD and was a Roman.


13 thoughts on “Saint Patrick’s Day

  1. Like you, all I knew about St. Patrick was that he was a great excuse for people who aren’t even tangentially Irish, people who don’t know where Ireland is on a map, and friends of those people to get rip-snorting drunk. I look forward to tomorrow when I find out who in my office thinks they’re Irish.
    My favorite part was learning about the green connection. I had no idea. I love when you do the history posts.

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