Get Ready To Celebrate St. Patrick's
Day In Style
by Chris Robertson
Whether you're Irish or simply love Irish traditions and holidays, St.
Patrick's Day brings Irish cheer to many people around the world. St.
Patrick's Day is a celebration of all things Irish, commemorated on
March 17 when many families gather and serve cabbage, corned beef, and
delightful mint chocolate pies. Some cities even celebrate by changing
entire bodies of water to the color green to remember the beloved St.
The holiday also sparks a tradition of
shopping for and wearing Irish t-shirts and apparel, usually the color
green. People celebrate by wearing cute Irish accessories and fun
clothing to create humor on the holiday.
Brief History of St. Patrick's Day
The holiday remembers St. Patrick, one of
Ireland's patron saints. St. Patrick was born to a family of aristocrats
in Whales and was set on course to become a priest. He was captured at
16 years of age and taken to Ireland by Irish raiders. For six years, he
was held captive, but was also able to grow spiritually during this
time. He believed he heard the voice of God commanding him to leave
Ireland, so he escaped to Britain after walking hundreds of miles.
He became a priest and returned to
Ireland, knowing that many citizens of Ireland were pagans at the time.
He created the famous Celtic Cross and used some of the Irish customs he
had learned to celebrate Easter. Many people believe St. Patrick died on
March 17 in 461 AD. His legend grew in Ireland and the UK as the man who
single-handedly spread Christianity throughout Ireland during his day.
Perhaps the most famous legendary story about St. Patrick is that he
drove out snakes while in Ireland. Though this story is probably not
true, many Irishmen claim that a snake cannot be found in Ireland!
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Celebrations of St. Patrick's Day
Today, St. Patrick's Day is celebrated
around the world. In Ireland, it was once a religious holiday, but is
now used to draw millions of tourists each year with parades, fireworks,
and live entertainment. In America, there are parades, Irish dances and
jigs, Irish singing, wearing Leprechaun-themed outfits, clovers with
three leaves, and more. The holiday is celebrated with a day of prayer
by many Irish Catholic families. St. Patrick's Day is often called by a
nickname, St. Paddy's Day. There are even products and icons designed
specifically for the holiday such as Paddy the loveable Leprechaun,
which can be bought in various themes like Cop Paddy, Firefighter Paddy,
or Cowboy Paddy.
St. Patrick's Day Online Shopping
Those wanting to celebrate "St.
Paddy's Day" can find great items online for the occasion. There
are Leprechaun crafts and gifts. For work or school, lots of people wear
Irish T-shirts and apparel. For the true fan, there are even Paddy mugs,
mouse pads, teddy bears, pillows, buttons, and tote bags. One custom is
to wear green so you won't get pinched. These items have plenty of green
St. Patrick's Day offers a fun-filled
holiday of remembrance for everyone, young or old. It's a day focused on
an important turning point in Irish history, but is celebrated by people
of all descents.
About the Author
Chris Robertson is a published author of
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