The History of St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, is the day before my birthday and I have always wondered how St. Patrick’s Day came to be.  I have researched the topic and have now come back to you with a full report. 

St. Patrick was an Irish Saint who lived during the 4th and 5th centuries.  He helped to spread Christianity throughout Ireland and was said to use the shamrock to explain the trinity.  St. Patrick’s Day has become prominent in the United States as a result of the millions of Irish immigrants who have left Ireland and become American citizens.  Surprisingly, early in the color most closely associated with St. Patrick’s Day was blue, but because of the story of the shamrock, it has become green. 

March 17 falls during lent and the holiday was a day where the restrictions of lent were held back in order for people to celebrate.  Typically, St. Patrick’s Day has been a day to feast.  The story of why people are pinched on St. Patrick’s Day is still uncertain, but there are a variety of theories, the most prominent being that if you wear green you are invisible to leprechauns who might harm you.  If you do not wear green, people are supposed to pinch you to remind you to wear green so that you will not be harmed by those nasty leprechauns. 

So, if you do not want to get attacked by leprechauns this St. Patrick’s Day, remember to wear some green.   Eat well today, drink and be merry, but also, be careful.

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