Origins of St. Patrick's Day Traditions

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The origins of St. Patrick's Day traditions are based on Roman Catholicism and the celebration of a feast day of the day the patron saint of Ireland passed away on March 18, 461. But, did you know, that St. Patrick wasn't even Irish?

Here are some fun facts about St. Patrick's Day:

History of St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick was born in the late 4th century with the name Maewyn and was born in Roman Britain. At the age of 16, he was kidnapped into slavery and taken to Ireland.

Eventually, he escaped to a monastery in Gaul, France and converted to Christianity. In 432, he returned to Ireland as a Christian missionary. Although Christianity had already reached the country, legend has it that St. Patrick confronted the Druids at Tara and pushed the abolishment of pagan rites. This made Christianity more widespread in Ireland.

Patrick later became a bishop and was named Ireland's patron saint after his death. Although, in Ireland, St. Patrick's Day traditions and celebrations aren't as big as they are in the United States

When the Irish emigrated to the United States, they established the St. Patrick's Day traditions including the celebrations and parades you see today.

In the 18th century, Irish soldiers who fought in the Revolutionary War were the first to hold St. Patrick's Day traditions and parades. St. Patrick's Day traditions and celebrations became a way for the Irish to connect to their Irish roots after they moved to America.

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St. Patrick's Day Symbols

Shamrock Meaning

According to St. Patrick's Day legends, St. Patrick used the three leaf clover , also known as the shamrock, to explain the Trinity. 

Dying the River Green

Dying the river green as a St. Patrick's Day tradition was started in Chicago in 1962 when city officials decided to dye a part of the Chicago River green.

Corn Beef & Cabbage

Corn beef and cabbage is a traditional Irish-American dish. When Irish-Americans first emigrated to the United States, most of them lived in poverty and couldn't afford certain meals. On St. Patrick's Day, they celebrated with the best meal they could afford - corn beef and cabbage. It then became the traditional St. Patrick's Day meal. 

Happy St. Patrick's Day and we hope you enjoy celebrating with all the green things! 


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