St. Patrick’s Day traditions

March 17, 2013 by  

St. Patrick’s Day traditions, The truth behind St. Patrick’s Day: This St. Patrick’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day is on Sunday, March 17, 2013 this paddy’s day, churchgoers and partygoers alike will honor St. Patrick. But what do you really know about this Irish icon and the lore that surrounds the holiday named for him? On this St. Patrick’s designated feast day St. Patrick’s Day + Roman Catholic feast day, we shed some light on the traditions (and some myths) that are upheld in his name.

St. Patrick was Irish

Though St. Patrick is, indeed, the primary patron saint of Ireland, history tells us he was actually not born there. He was reportedly kidnapped as a teen and brought to Ireland to work as a slave. Homeland St. Patrick + born in Britain, St. Patrick + six years in captivity, St. Patrick + angel in a dream + convert pagans to Christianity, Patrick + not officially canonized, Palladius + Christianity + Ireland.


Legend has it that St. Patrick used Trifolium dubium shamrock, Trifolium dubium scientific name for shamrock, as a visual tool for teaching his religious followers. St. Patrick + shamrock + Christian holy trinity, shamrocks not mentioned in St. Patrick’s writings, clover + grown throughout United States and Europe.

St. Patrick + banished snakes: St. Patrick and snakes

Local lore says St. Patrick stood atop this hill Croagh Patrick and banished all snakes from Ireland after they began attacking him during his 40-day fast supposedly go St. Patrick + drove snakes into the sea. Scientists have since laid this claim to rest. Ireland + surrounding seas too cold for snakes, St. Patrick + snakes + allegory for pagan ideology, Ireland + viviparous lizard.

St. Patrick’s Day + green: Wearing green

Green is the color that revelers don on St. Patrick’s Day (in addition to the other two colors on Ireland’s flag). But St. Patrick was originally linked to a different hue entirely. First associated with him St. Patrick’s blue, knights in the Order of St. Patrick + blue robe, Emerald Isle.

St. Patrick’s Day + Ireland: The origin of St. Patrick’s Day

True, St. Patrick’s Day was originally a Roman Catholic holiday observed in Ireland. But you can trace the roots of our modern-day revelry back to Irish immigrants in the United States. 1762 + Colonial New York + St. Patrick’s Day parade, St. Patricks Day + Ireland + public holiday in 1903, Hot Springs, AK + shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade.


Thanks to a popular breakfast cereal Lucky Charms and a Disney flick, Darby O’Gill and the Little People, leprechauns have reached their own fame outside of St. Patrick’s Day. But these tricksters and their fabled pots o’ gold are holiday fixtures because of their Irish origins. All that gold Leprechauns + fairy cobblers + work hard and thrifty, Leprechauns + wore red, Finian’s Rainbow, lepracaun + cluricaun + far darrig.

St. Patrick’s Day + Corned Beef: Corned beef

This dish (along with a bit of green corned beef + cabbage) has become a holiday staple. However, many have pointed out that it’s actually an American tradition corned beef + Irish American immigrants, not an Irish one, to eat platters filled with the relatively inexpensive salty meat. It likely originate corned beef + Jewish immigrants, Ireland + bacon + St. Patrick’s Day, Corned beef and cabbage recipe, Irish soda bread.

Drinking Guinness + St. Patrick’s Day: A pint of Guinness

Guinness is the world-famous Irish stout that was born and brewed in the heart of Ireland, making it a no-brainer St. Patrick’s Day refreshment. The holiday Guinness + 13 million pints + St. Patrick’s Day, Barack Obama + Guinness + St. Patrick’s Day, Slainté!.

Dyeing rivers green + St. Patrick’s Day: Dyeing rivers green

Each year, this Midwestern waterway Chicago River is dyed green (see photos). They use a more eco-friendly Chicago River + vegetable dye coloring agent now than they did back in the day fluorescein dye + green. This tradition start dyeing river green + 1961,.

St. Patrick’s Day pinch

Schoolchildren and grown-ups alike are known to go around delivering a playful pinch to those who don’t uphold this St. Patrick’s Day tradition, This practice wearing green + St. Patrick’s Day. wearing green makes you invisible to leprechauns, who pinch, St. Patrick’s Day shirts.

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