From guzzling a couple of beers in an Irish pub decked out in green St. Patrick’s Day decorations to feasting on a delicious meal of corned beef and cabbage, St. Patrick’s Day is a fun and festive day for people all over the world, whether you’re Irish or not.
Read on to learn about the history behind St. Patrick’s Day, some fun facts that you may not know about the holiday, and how Acorn Stairlifts can help you gain some good luck in your life with one of our life-changing stairlifts.
A Quick St. Patrick’s Day History Lesson: When is St. Patrick’s Day and What is It?
The celebration of St. Patrick’s Day originally began as a religious holiday with the purpose to honour Saint Patrick, the saint associated with the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. The day of March 17 marks the death of St. Patrick and was made an official holiday in the 17th century by the Catholic Church, as well as an official public holiday in Ireland in 1903.
St. Patrick’s Day, also known as The Feast of St. Patrick, has historically been celebrated through indulgence with sermons, drinking, and feasting as Catholic Lent restrictions were lifted just for this day. This is why St. Patrick’s Day is still heavily associated with feasts and alcohol consumption today, although, during a short period from 1903 to 1970 in Ireland, it was considered a dry, religious holiday in which all pubs were closed.
- One of the most common symbols of St. Patrick’s Day is the shamrock, which is also the national symbol of Ireland. It is believed that Saint Patrick used it during his sermons to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity. Bonus Fact: Did you know that finding a four-leaf clover really is lucky? Experts have confirmed that the chances of finding one are 1 to 10,000.
- Although it’s hard to picture the holiday any other way, the original colour associated with St. Patrick’s Day was blue. It only began to change to green in the 17th century. However, the colour green is linked to Ireland in many ways such as its appearance in the Irish flag and being used by Irish revolutionary groups. Ireland is also known as “The Emerald Isle” due to its gorgeous, green landscapes.
- Everybody knows that the world-famous Guinness beer is Irish, but did you know that on St. Patrick’s Day, as many as 13 million pints of Guinness beer are consumed worldwide. That is more than twice as many on a regular day.
- Saint Patrick was not actually of Irish descent. He was actually British, arriving in Ireland as a slave and eventually becoming Ireland’s first Catholic missionary. His real name wasn’t even Patrick, and legend says that he didn’t change his name to Patricius (Patrick) until he became a priest.
- The mischievous, little fairies, also known as leprechauns, are only associated with St. Patrick’s Day because of their long-standing role in Irish culture and folklore.
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!