As many of you will know, the day March 17 is St. Patrick's Day, a celebration both religious and cultural, which commemorates the passing of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.
St. Patrick's Day is celebrated today worldwide by all Irish and even foreigners without ancestry. In this celebration, everything that is green and Irish is welcome, so people wear green and enjoy Irish food (including alcohol) while attending parades and parties.
20 Saint Patrick’s Day Facts You May Not Know:
1. The 17th of March, is the day on which the anniversary of the death of Saint Patrick (not the birth) is celebrated.
2. Despite being considered a saint, Patrick was never canonized by the Pope. 3. Patrick's real name was Maewyn Succat, or in Latin, Magonus Succetus. 4. Patrick wrote that he was born in Banna Venta Berniae (on the Cumbrian coast)
5. Saint Patrick's grandfather was a priest, and his father a deacon. 6. Saint Patrick came to Ireland when he was sold as a slave to Irish raiders at the age of 16.
7. He returned to Ireland at the age of 33 after having a vision of a man named Victoricus asking him to return urgently. 8. From 1903 to 1970, all pubs closed on Saint Patrick's Day due to the religious nature of the celebration. 9. The first celebration of St. Patrick’s Day occurred in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1737.
10. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade was held in New York in 1766. Today it is the largest Saint Patrick’s holiday in the world.
11. Although today he appears in most illustrations with green clothing, his clothing at that time was blue.
12. Saint Patrick used the Clover to explain the Catholic concept of the Holy Trinity.
13. Despite being considered the patron saint of Ireland today, Saint Patrick was not greeted with open arms when he returned to Ireland. 14. St. Patrick’s Day is also a national holiday on the Caribbean island of Montserrat. 15. The first Saint Patrick’s Day parade, celebrated within the Free State of Ireland, was held in Dublin in 1931.
16. Saint Patrick is not just a saint in the Catholic Church. It is also revered by the Orthodox Church. 17. Saint Patrick is said to have established up to 300 churches, as well as to baptize 100,000 people.
18. In Chicago, an annual competition is held to find and choose the queen of the St. Patrick's Day parade. 19. In America, the traditional food on St. Patrick's Day is corned beef and cabbage. 20. Some farmers had and are in the habit of planting their primary potato crops, just the day after St. Patrick.
- Photos of St. Patrick's Day in New York
- Photos of St. Patrick's Cathedral (New York)
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