Oh, the luck of the Irish! To me, St. Patrick’s Day has always been a fun excuse to wear green and enjoy a pint of Guinness. I’ve never really thought about the historical significance of the Irish holiday, so I thought I would dig a little deeper to find out who this St. Patrick was and why all the green.
Who is St. Patrick?
In the fourth century, a British born man – Magonius Sucatus Patricius – was kidnapped by Irish raiders when he was 16 and ended up spending six years in captivity in Ireland. During his captivity, he became a devout Christian. Eventually he escaped, but through a series of realized dreams he became a missionary and actually return to Ireland.
Patrick went back to Ireland to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity. According to tradition, he spent many years evangelizing in Northern Ireland and converted “thousands”. Over the following centuries, many legends grew up around Patrick and he became Ireland’s foremost saint. Hence, St. Patrick.
Saint Patrick’s Day, a religious feast day for the patron saint is celebrated on his day of death every year around the world on March 17th and was observed as early seventeenth century.
So why all the green?
According to legend, St Patrick is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish. However, green and Ireland have gone hand in hand since at least the 1640s, when the green harp flag was used by the Irish Catholic Confederation. Green ribbons and shamrocks have been worn on St Patrick’s Day since at least the 1680s.
Celebrating green for St. Patrick — My top picks:
Canister – Lime Green Fish
This light green canister has a rustic charm that exudes the tranquility of the French countryside where it was made.
Small Casserole with Top – Lime Green
With butter yellow glaze inside, this delightful casserole is just the right size for baking brie or a small apple crisp.
Milk Pitcher – Lime Green
The perfect size for serving milk or holding daffodils.
Fish Platter – Lime Green
The pop of green color in this serving dish will certainly highlight your St. Paddy’s day meal.
St. Patrick’s Day is a day of celebrating a centuries old saint who impacted a nation, and revolves around feasting. I hope you’ve enjoyed these fun little tidbits about the holiday and are inspired to add more green to your St. Paddy’s Day.