St. Patrick’s Day is a day during the Season of Lent on March 17th, Irishmen and women remember the patron saint of Ireland St. Patrick who lived in Ireland in the 5th century. He died on March 17th, 461 so people celebrate to remember him and promote Irish heritage. St. Patrick was credited in bringing Christianity to the Irish people. Every year many people in America and around the world go to church in the morning and celebrate during the day with beloved family and friends.
Most people (especially young people) use St. Patty’s Day as an excuse to drink all day, party, and act like a fool, however it is actually a holy day. Here are ten facts you may or may not know about the history of St. Patty’s Day:
1. St. Patrick was actually born in Roman Britain, was kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave when he was only 16 years old.
2. St. Patrick later escaped slavery but later returned to Ireland to bring the Good News of Christianity to the people.
3. It is believed that St. Patrick explained the Holy Trinity to the Irish people by using the three leave shamrock for a visual example.
4. More than 100 St. Patrick’s Day parades are held each year. The first one was not held in Ireland but the United States on March 17th, 1762.
5. The St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York City is one of the oldest and largest civilian parades in the United States with over 150,000 participants and 3 million people gathered to watch.
6. Irish immigrants came to the United States starting in 1845 during the Great Potato Famine in Ireland they were alienated and abused by English Protestants and were unable to get jobs.
7. During the St. Patrick’s Day parade the English Protestants portrayed the Irish immigrants in the newspaper “drunk and violent” cartoon monkeys. However as their numbers starting growing they realized their political power and fought against inequality.
8. In 1948 President Harry S. Truman attended New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day which was a proud moment whose ancestors fought false stereotypes and racial prejudice for acceptance in the New World.
9. Starting in 1962 Chicago dyed the river green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. This is also used to track illegal sewage discharged so it helps the environment too.
10. In modern day Ireland pubs were actually closed starting in the 1970’s however in 1995 this was overthrown to attract more tourism to the country. One million people take part in the Ireland’s St. Patrick’s Festival in Dublin.
I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable St. Patrick’s Day with minimal alcohol consumption while remembering the history and struggle Irish immigrants endured.
Have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day weekend!!