What you need to know about St. Patrick's Day!

For those who may not know, St. Patrick’s day falls on March 17th. When St. Patrick’s Day comes to mind, many tend to think of all things green, rainbows, leprechauns, pot of gold, and of course: the partying. Yes, St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday where those who feel compelled to celebrate can feel free to take part in the many festivities this day has to offer. However, most people celebrate this holiday without really knowing how it originated. St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated to remember one of Ireland’s patron saints, St. Patrick. St. Patrick was a minister who preached about Christianity in Ireland during the fifth century. St. Patrick passed away on March 17th, hence why we celebrate him on this day.

So, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I’ve decided to take a deeper look into certain St. Patrick’s Day traditions and myths that are still relevant today.

 

1. The three-leaf clover

Many think the three-leaf clover was used as symbolism to represent the Holy Trinity. The truth? Well, the three-leaf clover already had a symbolic meaning due to its green color, which is said to represent “rebirth” in Paganism. The number three is heavily used in mythology and was often used to describe three “gods” as one.

 

2. Partying on St. Patrick’s Day

In the 20th century, pubs were usually closed because St. Patrick’s Day was a religious holiday. So, no, partying and drinking on St. Patrick’s Day wasn't originally a St. Patrick’s Day activity.

 

3. Leprechauns

This might be a huge shocker, but leprechauns originally had nothing to do with St. Patrick’s Day! I know, I was shocked as well. Apparently, Leprechauns didn't make their appearance in Irish literature until the middle ages. Leprechauns are literally linked to St. Patrick’s Day purely just because of our stereotypical perceptions of this holiday.

 

There you have it! I hope you are a little more well-versed on St. Patrick’s Day than you were before.  

Have a fun-filled St. Patrick’s Day!