Saint Patrick’s Day is cultural holiday, celebrated all over the world on the ocassion of the death of St Patrick, the patron Saint of Ireland on 17th March every year. The day is celebrated with food, parade, drinks, Irish lore, and an assortment of green-colored things – green beer. Modern traditions of celebration are inspired by Irish emigrants in the United States. Let’s know more about how to celebrate the day
Who was St Patrick?
St Patrick born in Britain around A.D 390 and grew up with childhood name – Maewyn Succat in wealthy and decent Christian family, full of property and slaves. At the age of 16, Maewyn was kidnapped and brought to Ireland where he himself became a slave and tended sheep for six years, this transformed the Maewyn and he became deeply pious.
Maewyn managed to escape from Ireland on a ship and reunited again with his family at Britain. After sending couple of years at Britain, he changed his name to Patrick and returned back to Ireland as Priest. He was often beaten by Irish royalty chiefs. After his death, he was completely forgotten. But then, slowly, the legend around Patrick grew and he was honored as the patron saint of Ireland.
Why is celebrated in United States?
Earlier it was just a holiday with pubs and shops kept closed but expatriates of Irish to the United States, played significant role in transforming St. Patrick’s Day into a largely secular holiday of revelry and celebration of things Irish. Politically imposed cities with large numbers of Irish immigrants started celebration on a large scale by showcasing parades in city roads.
Boston held its first St. Patrick’s Day parade in 1737, followed by New York City in 1762 and thereafter Chicago coloured its river green to mark the holiday in 1962. Earlier blue was the colour traditionally associated with St. Patrick but green is now commonly connected with the day.
How the festival is celebrated?
St. Patrick’s Day parades are conducted throughout the United States, just go through in proper search for place and time to make your day special and joyful.
Follow green theme
Green is theme colour on this day, go with at least one piece of green clothing whi h shows the colourful tradition of this day.
Exchange of gifts
Gifts are certainly the best way tk celebrate any festival so, shamrock theme craft gifts may be exchanged among family members and friends.
Try Irish recipe
When you are at home and thinking to celebrate festival then, Irish recipes can be prepared for family members.
Try green beer and corned beef
Corned beef and cabbage are associated with the holiday, and even beer is sometimes dyed green to celebrate the day.