St. Patrick’s Day Traditions Explained!

St. Patrick’s Day traditions explainedFind out the weird and wonderful St. Paddy’s Day traditions and how they came to be!

Most American children know that St. Patrick’s Day is the day to wear green. Most American adults know that St. Patrick’s Day is the day to enjoy weird-looking green beer. However, few people know why they are celebrating and how these traditions came to be.

Luckily, we are here to explain these quirky Irish holiday traditions!

St. Patrick:

  • March 17th is when Patrick died
    Saint Patrick is a saint of the Catholic Church and his holy day is the day of his death, and subsequent entrance to heaven, rather than the day of his physical birth.
  • He wasn’t Irish
    Patrick’s parents were Roman citizens living in modern-day England, or more precisely in Scotland or Wales (scholars cannot agree on which). He was born in 385 AD. By that time, most Romans were Christians and the Christian religion was spreading rapidly across Europe.
  • He wore blue
    The original color associated with St. Patrick was blue, but because the Saint preached about the Holy Trinity through the symbol of the shamrock, and Irish are associated with green, it became the most common color connected with him.

Parades: 

  • Patrick’s Day began as a religious holiday in Ireland but soon became a celebratory date because of Irish Americans. In the United States, St. Patrick’s Day was first celebrated with banquets at elite clubs in Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Charleston, and Savannah.
  • The first parade was in the United States
    The first parade took place on March 17, 1762 when Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City.

Shamrocks:

  • Patrick is said to have used the three-leaved plant to explain the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). However, there is little evidence for this.
  • “Downing the Shamrock.” This phrase is from the custom of floating the shamrock on the top of the whiskey before drinking it. The Irish believe that doing so means that you will have a prosperous year.

From Mayer Insurance, we hope that you thoroughly enjoy St. Patrick’s Day a little more having been educated on the quirky traditions! Be sure to visit us in Apple Valley, Minnesota for all of your insurance needs!