St Patrick’s Day
St Patrick’s Day has become more than just a celebration of Irish culture and heritage. It has become a day for people around the world to come together to celebrate and enjoy each other’s company. However, events related to the spread of Covid-19 have resulted in an unprecedented circumstance for people around the world.
Parades, ceilidh (Irish dances), concerts, marches, sing songs, and general gatherings have by and large been canceled anywhere in the world the coronavirus is spreading. The pubs will be empty, and the street will clear as people are being asked to stay at home to prevent the spread.
So, we’ve decided to offer you a new way to appreciate St Patrick’s Day this year. Why not take this opportunity to learn about the origins and some of the lesser-known facts around the holiday? So that next year, you’ll be able to impress your buddies with a range of interesting facts around this centuries-old celebration.
History of St. Patrick’s Day
During the late 4th century AD, St Patrick was born at a town called Bannaventa Berniae in Wales. At that time, his name was Maewn Succat. He later chose to be called Patricious. Patrick lived in Wales until the age of 16 when he was kidnapped and sold into slavery in Ireland.
During his time in slavery, Patrick became deeply devoted to Christianity. He decided to dedicate his life to converting the Irish people to Christianity. By the time he died which was March 17th, 461, he had established Ireland as Christian country schools, churches, and monasteries.
Here are some things you might not have known about Saint Patrick’s Day.
1. He was neither Patrick nor Irish
He was born in Wales and named Maewyn Succat by his wealthy parents. There is no trace of Christianity in his early life, but then a conversion of faith comes later.
2. St. Patrick’s Day was not always a day for a raucous celebration
St Patrick’s Day or LÁ Fhéile Pádraig in Irish Gaelic is originally a religious holiday. It, therefore, wasn’t always the loud, fun and joyous occasion that we of today… especially in Ireland. In fact, pubs were forced to be closed on March 17th up until the 1970s. Outside of Ireland, large communities of Irish immigrants in the UK and America used this day to display and celebrate their national identity with singing, dancing and other expressions of cultural identity. This manner of celebrating eventually began to be taken on board in Ireland and now it’s the universally accepted approach.
3. St. Patrick did not chase snakes out Ireland
Legend has it that St Patrick is responsible for driving all of the snakes out of the country. However, Ireland’s geographic location, isolation, and cold and wet climate is a far more plausible reason for the lack of serpents on the Emerald Isle.
4. Why do we associate the shamrocks with St. Patrick’s Day?
You will notice that many Irish people will pin a bunch of shamrocks to their lapel on St Patrick’s Day. But why? Legend has it that St Patrick used this famously 3 leafed plants to explain to the pagan Irish people the Hold Trinity. This small green plant played a significant role in bringing Christianity to the country. But the four-leafed clover is a different story altogether.
5. Don’t forget the corned beef
The most famous Irish meal to eat on St Patrick’s Day is corned beef and cabbage. Always best when it’s washed down with a pint of stout.
6. St. Patrick’s Day was not always a holiday
Initially, 17th March was just observed by the Irish as a catholic feast in honor of his death. Currently, people celebrate it as a public holiday not only in Irelands but also in the US and many other places around the world.
7. The invention of the Celtic cross
The cross is a representation of traditional faiths. The sun overlaid on the cross to teach the new Christians. Another component of the cross is a fire that denotes the celebration of Easter with light.
8. Canonization of St. Patrick
St. Patrick was not ordained by any pope. He just acquired the title 'saint.' The naming wasn't the usual Catholicism way, i.e., diocesan or regional ground.
With these fun facts, you’ll be well versed in all things St Patrick’s Day, ready to impress all those who will listen. Let’s hope you’ll have the perfect opportunity next year when we can return to celebrating St Patrick’s Day like we love to. If you want to protect your phone from any drop or spills when you’re celebrating, why not check out one of our waterproof or drop-proof phone cases.