St. Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on March 17th annually. It is traditionally the death date of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland who lived from 385 – 461 AD. Saint Patrick’s Day was also made an official Christian feast day in the 17th century, celebrating the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. The day is observed in many religions to include the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Lutheran Church. St. Patrick’s Day celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general.
Did you know that the original color of St. Patrick’s day was blue? Early depictions of St. Patrick show him wearing blue, and the official color of the Order of St. Patrick. One of the reasons green replaced blue was because of Ireland’s nickname, The Emerald Isle. Another was the green in Ireland’s flag. St. Patrick also was said to have used green shamrocks to teach people about the Holy Trinity. Let’s not forget about the leprechauns who are said to wear green garments. They are said to pinch anyone who doesn’t wear green on this holiday. So don’t forget your green attire this St. Patrick’s Day!