St Patrick's Day - March 17, 2023

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Last Updated on: 24 Oct 2022

What is St. Patrick's Day?

St. Patrick's Day is a religious and cultural holiday commemorating the death of Saint Patrick. He was the most well-known of all of Ireland's saints.

St. Patrick's Day special parades, musical performances, traditional food, alcoholic beverages, dances, and an abundance of the color green have all become staples of modern celebrations of the festival. Over the last thousand years, this day has been celebrated as a religious festival in Ireland. The day is a national holiday in Ireland.

St. Patrick's Day All Quick Overview

  • Time / Date: March 17
  • Category: Religious and Cultural
  • Where It's Marked: Ireland 
  • Why It's Marked: The holiday celebrates the death anniversary of St. Patrick. 

The History Of St. Patrick's Day

Saint. The history of St. Patrick's Day revolves around Saint Patric, a native of Roman Britain who lived around the fifth century. At a very young age, he was kidnapped. Patrick was then brought to Ireland and sold as an enslaved person. Soon enough, he was able to get away from his slave existence. Later, he decided to get back to Ireland with the hope of enlightening the Irish people with Christianity. 

He is often regarded as responsible for popularizing Christianity amongst the locals. 

The Irish people consider St. Patrick their patron saint. During his lifetime, he founded many educational institutions and churches. The nobleman died on March 17, 461. 

After his death, legends about his life grew more engrained in Irish society. One of the most famous claims about St. Patrick could demonstrate the Holy Trinity (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit) by relating it to the Shamrock, as Shamrock has three leaves. 

How to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

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The term St. Patrick's Day celebrations remiss us of grand Irish parades, green dresses, Irish drinks(mostly bear), and an abundance of food only. 

1. Take Part in the Parade

St. Patrick's Day parades are the most prominent parties since that's how the earliest Irish immigrants to America honored their patron saint. Join the parade with your Irish friends and family as the day's festivities are kicked off with a massive parade celebrating all things Irish. It's a family get-together complete with glamour and color. 

2. Go Green

St. Patrick's Day is all about having a hefty amount of green. On March 17, people celebrate Ireland's patron saint worldwide by donning green in honor of the country's other well-known nickname: The Emerald Isle

From wearing a green Kiss me, I am Irish t-shirt to drinking green beer, have green everywhere!

3. Eat Corned Beef and Cabbage

Irish cuisine is famous for its corned meat and cabbage combination. It is known for being satisfying and flavorful. Cook your family's favorite corned beef and cabbage recipe, gather your family together and enjoy the meal with laughter and festivity.

4. Drink Guineas

If you're not into watery green beer but still want to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, try a Guinness. Drinking Guinness is a genuine Irish ritual that dates back centuries. Guinness is the most popular beer on St. Patrick's day around Ireland. Go to a bar with your friends and family, order a round and discuss why we drink Guinness on St. Patrick's Day

5. Read History of St. Patrick

The commemoration of Saint Patrick's Day dates back to pretty distant times. It has a vast history filled with noteworthy individuals and events throughout its existence. This Saint Patrick's Day, take the opportunity to learn more about the person who inspired the event.

Countries that Observe St. Patrick's Day

Though St. Patrick's Day is Primarily an Irish holiday, the celebration has spread across the border. The Irish are proud of their culture and brought the celebration of St. Patrik's Day with them wherever they went.

Many countries celebrate St. Patric's Day, including the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Argentina, Turkey, Norway, Japan, Canada, India, Australia, and others 

Interesting Facts About St. Patrick's Day

The celebration of Saint Patrick's Day is steeped in a rich heritage that dates back more than a thousand years. So, it is no surprise that many fascinating details are included. Here we have gathered some information that you may find shocking! So, let's dive in. 

  • Rumor has it that St. Patrick was a magician, and he banished all the snacks from Ireland!
  • At first, blue was chosen as the color to represent St. Patrick's Day. The green of the Irish flag and the Shamrock, also known as clover, may have influenced the change to green. So, the question remains, should we wear blue on St. Patrick's Day? 
  • The historical Saint Patrick was not from Ireland. His birthplace is the United Kingdom. 
  • The real name of St. Patrick was Maewyn Succat
  • America first introduced the St. Patrick's Day parade. New York hosted the first celebration of St. Patrick's Day in the United States.
  • In 1962, Chicago celebrated St. Patrick's Day by becoming the first city in the United States to paint its river green. From that day onwards, Chicago dyes its river green to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. 
  • Only Ireland and the United States celebrate St. Patrick's Day as a legal holiday. 
  • Argentina hosts South America's biggest St. Patrick's Day extravaganza.
  • On St. Patrick's Day, more than 600 landmarks, including arenas, monuments, museums, and skyscrapers, are illuminated in green. 
  • Can you guess how many pints of Guinness are consumed on St. Patrick's Day worldwide? According to statistics, almost 13 million pints of Guinness are consumed on March 17 each year. That's many pints!
  • Corned beef and cabbage, a dish synonymous with St. Patrick's Day in Ireland, was invented in the United States!

Unique St. Patrick's Day Celebration Ideas

Traditions are often seen as fundamental to St. Patrick's Day. Nevertheless, there are a lot of other ways to celebrate that may make the day more memorable. We've got you covered with this list of ideas that extend beyond the typical St. Patrick's Day fare and are sure to inject some fresh excitement into your party. Let's go through them.

  • Raise a glass of your favorite Irish beer or a green beer to the occasion.
  • Bake green cookies and make green milkshakes to keep the day green
  • Indulge yourself in some sugary, St. Patrick's Day-themed sweets.
  • Keep an eye out for Irish step dancers as they skip, hop, and pirouette throughout the parade.
  • Put on your green running gear and get a good workout before the big St. Patrick's Day bash.
  • Promote your Irish heritage by donning a "Kiss Me I'm Irish" t-shirt.
  • Make a toast with an Irish blessing. Nothing brings more good fortune on St. Patrick's Day than uttering an Irish blessing.
  • Have a simple scavenger hunt to get the little ones in the mood for St. Patrick's Day.
  • Spend the day doing some crafts to get in the mood. 

St. Patrick's Day Quotes

St. Patrick's Day celebration calls for perfect captions for posting on social media or wishing friends and family. So, grab your favorite green drink and send out the wishes to your loved ones to bring good fortune and Irish luck to the world. Find here the best St. Patrick's Day captions and heartfelt Irish greetings. 

 "I was born and raised in Ireland! When I'm well, I'm better off than everybody else; when I'm hurt, I scream as loud as I can; and when I die, I'll be deader than anyone else". - Morgan Llywelyn

"May the sound of Irish laughter ease your burdens".

"I hope that the worst day of your life will not be more miserable than the best day of your past".

"To your success, may the road rise. Blessings of a steady breeze at your back".

"If shamrocks flourish, may your good fortune multiply. And may you always find success in your endeavors".

FAQ

1. Why is Ireland obsessed with green?

The color green on the Irish flag symbolizes the country's large Catholic population. Green is also the color of leprechauns. Another reason to paint the town green is that St. Patrick is credited with using shamrocks to explain the Holy Trinity. 

2. Why is Ireland called Emerald Island?

Owing to the abundance of vegetation, Ireland is frequently called the "Emerald Isle." Farms and national parks are scattered over most of Ireland's countryside, and the rolling hills are among the world's greenest in almost every country.

What is a leprechaun? 

The leprechaun is an Irish fairy that takes the shape of a short, crotchety older man and wears a tilted-back hat and a leather apron. He is supposed to be a reclusive shoemaker who prefers to work alone in the wilderness. If he is arrested and physically assaulted, he may divulge the location of a crock of gold.

4. Why is the Shamrock the symbol of Ireland? 

Saint Patrick used Shamrock, a plant having three pointed leaves, to describe the Christian doctrine Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Ghost) while he was preaching Christianity. Later it became the symbol of Ireland.

St Patrick's Day Observances

Year Weekday Date Name
2021 Wednesday 17 March St Patrick's Day
2022 Thursday 17 March St Patrick's Day
2023 Friday 17 March St Patrick's Day
2024 Sunday 17 March St Patrick's Day
2025 Monday 17 March St Patrick's Day
2026 Tuesday 17 March St Patrick's Day

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