Even if St. Patrick’s Day is your favorite holiday, I bet you didn’t know the below facts about its history and celebration. Check them out and broaden your outlook!
#8. The 17th of March is the date of St. Patrick’s death.
You were obviously mistaken if you thought that you celebrate St. Patrick’s birthday. St. Patrick is a Catholic saint whose date of death is commemorated on March 17 each year.
#7. St. Patrick wasn’t an Irishman.
Although St. Patrick’s Day is regarded to be an Irish national holiday, St. Patrick was not even born in Ireland. His parents are regarded to be Roman citizens, and Patrick was born in the modern territory of Wales or Scotland.
#6. St. Patrick wasn’t a free man.
When Patrick was 16, he was kidnapped and then sold into slavery. Thus, he spent a few years in Ireland, where he was herding sheep. Later, being 22, he was lucky enough to escape to one of the monasteries in England where he devoted his life to God.
#5. The shamrock, which is worn on St. Patrick’s Day, had an religious purpose.
St. Patrick used the shamrock to preach about the Holy Trinity. At those times, many pagan rules and traditions were widespread, and St. Patrick was the one popularizing Christianity.
#4. According to some legends, St. Patrick was the one who “freed” Ireland from snakes.
Actually, there is not any evidence that snakes existed in Ireland (due to the unfavorable climate conditions), but such legends are widespread. Many scholars view “snakes” to be a metaphor, indicating pagan beliefs.
#3. Blue is the color that should be associated with St. Patrick’s Day.
Despite the modern tradition to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day, the color that should be actually associated with this holiday is blue. Many artworks demonstrate that St. Patrick was wearing blue garments.
#2. Shamrock is not a traditional Irish symbol.
Actually, a harp, not a shamrock, is a symbol of Ireland.
#1. A bigger Irish population is estimated to live in the USA rather than in Ireland.