All over the world people celebrate St. Patty’s and it this day is about more than green beer. Here are five fun facts to familiarize you with this fun holiday. Happy Green Day!
How St. Patrick’s Day started
St Patrick’s Day commenced it’s first celebration in America in 1737, is was put together by the Charitable Irish Society of Boston. St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland, was a legendary spiritual and religious figure who inspired this day. The first celebration was held in honor of the Irish culture and included a feast and religious service. Today, the St. Patty’s day tradition continues with parades, parties and green beer added in for more fun.
“Shamrocks” – Four leaf clovers
The “Shamrock” represents several different kinds of three-leafed clovers found in Ireland and they are traditional symbol of Saint Patrick’s Day is the Shamrock. The four-leafed clover is Ireland’s national symbol due to the legend of St. Patrick, who used it to illustrate the doctrine of the Trinity. The Trinity is the idea that God is really 3 in 1: The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. Irish people view shamrocks as symbols of good-luck and many people all over the world are believers in their power to bring good luck.
The Color Green
The color of St. Patrick was not green at first, it was blue. But, during the 19th century, green became a symbol for Ireland. This is a result rain making everything grow, thus creating a beautiful green landscape in the ‘Emerald Isle’. Wearing green is thought represent a tribute to the Irish and the bringing of good luck.
The word leprechaun is derived from the Irish word “luchorpan” which means “little body”. Leprechaun represents an Irish fairy who resembles a small, old man about 2 feet in height, who dressed in shoemaker attire. As legend tells it, they are shoemaking loners who don’t like strangers, because they are afraid of them finding their hidden pot of gold.
Green Beer first gained attention in 1910, when the Spokane Press newspaper published the headline, “Green Beer Be Jabbers!” (“be jabbers” is a swear phrase). The paper, stated that the First Avenue Bar served the green brew to Irishmen and anybody else who wanted to try it. Green Beer caught on even more in 1914, when Professor Thomas H. Curtin, a doctor started making the concoction for his clubhouse in New York. Then, in the 1950’s, the beer became a recognized symbol of St. Patrick’s Day and was a simple, entertaining drink for bartenders to make and serve to their patrons.