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Saint Patrick’s Day Facts


Some Fun and Interesting Facts About Saint Patrick’s Day

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St. Patrick (died ca. 460) was a British missionary bishop to Ireland, possibly the first to evangelize that country. He is the patron saint of Ireland, he was known as Apostle of Ireland.

St. Patrick’s Day is observed on March 17 because that is the feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. It is believed that he died on March 17 in the year 461 AD. It is also a worldwide celebration of Irish culture and history. St. Patrick’s Day is a national holiday in Ireland.

The actual color of St. Patrick is blue. Green became associated with St. Patrick’s Day during the 19th century. Green, in Irish legends, was worn by fairies and immortals, and also by people to encourage their crops to grow.

Since the Irish immigrated to the US Corned beef and Cabbage became the Americanized Irish traditional feast.  Irish soda bread is another traditional feast item for March 17.  Also check out these other traditional Irish recipes from BBC website St Patrick’s Day recipes.

According to St. Patrick’s Day lore, Patrick used the three leaves of a shamrock to explain the Christian holy trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  The wearing of a shamrock dates back to the 17th and 18th centuries.

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