The history of St. Patrick’s Day is a bit different from the traditions that are done today in America. St. Patrick, the patron Saint of Ireland, is known for converting numerous Irish to Christianity. St. Patrick died on March 15, 431 and the Irish started a St. Patrick’s Day feast and religious festival to honor the day.
Irish emigrants in the U.S. began using St. Patrick’s Day to celebrate all things Irish, making it more of a secular event than a religious one. The traditions of wearing green, shamrocks, leprechauns and pots of gold have all evolved over the years as symbols of St. Patrick’s Day. Restaurants will dye beer green and some cities will even color a river green. It is said that if you don’t wear green then you are a target for getting pinched. I know some people that don’t wear green on St. Patrick’s Day in hopes that they will get pinched!
No matter how you celebrate we hope that you have a safe and fun St. Patrick’s Day!
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