Pull out your green shirts and your pint glasses, lassies and lads; it’s St. Patrick’s day! Yes, March 17th has come again and it’s our time to celebrate…
Wait, what are we celebrating anyway?
Many people wear their green, shamrock-be-speckled clothing every year with no clue why other than tradition. And so they don’t want to get pinched, of course.
But what is the tradition?
Saint Patrick is actually the patron Saint of Ireland, and one of the more popular Catholic Saints at that. Now, this guy’s been through the wringer. Kidnapped by pirates as a kid, escaping to Britain and then France, and eventually joining the monastery where he trained for 12 years. At some point, with the blessing of the Pope, Saint Patrick traveled to Ireland, where he converted many of the Irish people to Christianity.
His story grew over time as he spent twenty years on his godly mission, and in time he became legend. The holiday is less about him nowadays and more about a show of patriotism to Ireland. As the saying goes, on St, Patrick’s day, we’re all Irish.
To hide from leprechauns.
No really, that’s why we wear the green. It was believed that if you wear green, the mischievous leprechauns couldn’t see you. Pinching someone was supposed to remind them of this fact if they forgot to wear the color. Leprechauns are mean, don’t let anyone ever tell you differently.
It’s also one of the colors of the Irish Flag, as well as part of the namesake of Ireland or “The Emerald Isle.” Which also attributes to the patriotism shown during the well known holiday.
Well, they’re green.
But it’s also said that, in the time of Saint Patrick, the saint used the three-leafed clover to explain the holy trinity. Each leaf represented a part of the Trinity- the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. While the stem represented godhead itself from which they all ‘stemmed.’
So in a way it’s a bit of a religious symbol, as well as a symbol of Ireland itself since it’s their national flower.
So, get your green on!
Grab a pint of Guinness, put on your green clothes and shamrock necklaces, and let the proud flag of Ireland fly. Whether you’re Irish or not, it doesn’t matter. You can celebrate it for heritage, religion, or just for the sake of celebration itself!
Just remember that the Leprechauns are tricky buggers and trying to steal their gold never ends well.
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