Many people get dressed up to paint the town on New Year’s Eve and Mardi Gras is great in New Orleans or Memphis, but St. Patrick’s Day is the top Pub Crawl holiday in cities all across America.
Who was St. Patrick?
St. Patrick was a 5th century Romano-British missionary who brought Christianity to Ireland. He was the first bishop of Armagh in Ireland and was called the Apostle of Ireland. He was born at Kilpatrick in Scotland, in 387 A.D. and died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, on March 17, 461. St. Patrick’s Day is the date of St. Patrick’s death.
Why the big Celebrations?
St. Patrick’s Day is not a major holiday in Ireland. It is a religious feast day when a meal is shared with family and friends. But in America, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated with an all day party and pub crawl! As early as 1760, Irish-Americans began promoting St. Patrick’s to publicly display their Irish pride. Irish immigration to America was so extensive that there are over 35 million Irish-Americans today, over seven times the 4.5 million people in Ireland. St. Patrick’s Day really took off in the 1970’s, when the day became a large-scale celebration of Irish pride and an occasion for drinking a pint or 10 of Guinness.
Why we wear Shamrocks?
The main symbol of St. Patrick's Day is the shamrock or the three leafed clover. It comes from the legend that St. Patrick taught the Irish about the Holy Trinity of the Catholic Church by creating a parable around the three-leafed shamrock.
Why we wear Green?
The color green has become a major theme of St. Patrick’s Day. In Irish culture green was originally considered to be unlucky. It was said to draw faeries who would steal away children that wore too much green. Eventually, as the shamrock was adopted as a symbol of St. Patrick, green became the major color of St. Patrick and of Ireland in general.
The flag of Ireland is a vertical tricolor of green, white and orange. The Irish government has described the symbolism behind each color. The green represent the Gaelic tradition of Ireland. (The orange is for the followers of William of Orange and the white represent the aspiration for peace between them.)
Why raise a pint of Guinness?
Guinness is the most popular St. Patrick's Day drink. Green colored beer is a distant second. Guinness is the most traditional of all Irish beers. It originated in the brewery of Arthur Guinness at St. James Gate in 1759. It is estimated that on an average day, 5.5 million pints of Guinness are consumed around the world, but on St. Patrick's Day that number more than doubles, topping out at an amazing 13 million pints raised worldwide!
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