Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Direct Energy! We hope you all had a chance to enjoy some Irish delicacies or were able to celebrate at some of the festivals around town this weekend. It’s not too late to celebrate – just head to your local Irish pub for some green beer and some grub.
As you enjoy the festivities associated with the holiday, you may be wondering why we even celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Why do we wear green? Who was Saint Patrick? Where in the world does this holiday comes from? Lucky for you, we’re here to provide 10 fun facts about Saint Patrick, why he was such a beloved religious icon, and why we started celebrating this holiday. Enjoy!
- St. Patrick’s birth name was Maewyn Succat.
- His birthplace is unknown, but it likely occurred near Kilpatrick near Dumbarton in Scotland in approximately AD 387 – not Ireland.
- Irish raiders captured a 16-year-old Patrick where he lived in captivity for 6 years. It was during his captivity that he became a devout Christian.
- After fleeing Ireland and sailing back home to Britain, he studied in the monastery for 12 years and accepted his Christian name, Patrick.
- He returned to Ireland determined to convert Ireland to Christianity. He traveled through Ireland establishing churches, schools, & monasteries for 40 years.
- St. Patrick’s Day celebrates the day of his death, March 17th in sometime around AD 461.
- St. Patrick’s Day is a Catholic Holy Day of Obligation in Ireland.
- Blue was the original color associated with St. Patrick. It was later changed to green to represent Ireland.
- A popular symbol of St. Patrick’s Day – the shamrock – was used by St. Patrick to teach the Irish the doctrine of the Holy Trinity, the Christian teaching of three persons in one God.
- St. Patrick’s Day was brought to the US sometime in the 1700’s when Bostonians and New Yorkers began honoring and celebrating the dominant Irish population by organizing large parades, celebrations, and everything green.
How are you celebrating St. Patrick’s Day? Know of any fun events happening in your city? Do you have any fun facts about the holiday you’d like to share? Leave them in the comments below!