Everyone looks forward to everything that can become green changing to green for a couple weeks from beer to cupcakes to fountains but does anyone know the history of St Patrick’s Day?
St Patrick’s Day is an Irish Tradition celebrated in on the day of St. Patrick’s death every year, March 17th. St Patrick lived during the fifth century and is the patron saint of Ireland and its national apostle. He was born in Roman Britain, kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave at the age of 16. He did escape but later returned to Ireland and was credited with bringing Christianity to the Irish people. One of the most well-known legends of St. Patrick is that he explained the Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) using the three leaves of a native Irish clover, the Shamrock.
The first St Patrick’s Day was believed to be celebrated in the ninth or tenth century. Records show that the first St Patrick’s Day parade took place in St. Augustine, Florida on March 17, 1601. In 1848 the New York Irish Aid societies united their parades to form on New York City Parade which today is the world’s oldest civilian parade and the largest in the United States with over 150,000 participants. Each year nearly 3 million people pack the streets of the 1.5 mile parade route to watch a procession that takes more than five hours!
This year on St Patrick’s Day, we can all enjoy our green beer and reflect on how this tradition was started.
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