St. Patrick’s Day Stories to Share

StPatricksDayHappySt. Patrick’s Day is almost here!  If you’re already got your green clothing out and ready to wear and your party activities planned, you may be done.  But why not read a few interesting stories about the holiday to really get in the mood?  Here are a few cool St. Patrick’s Day stories.

Did you know that the wearing of the green was originally the wearing of the blue?  St. Patrick often wore blue, but over the years, green slowly took over.  This was partially due to the fact that shamrocks were associated with St. Patrick.  He used the three-leaved clover to explain the Holy Trinity.  Because these plants are green, that’s the color that eventually became associated with St. Patrick’s Day.

St. Patrick didn’t set out to convert the heathens of Ireland to Christianity.  In fact, he wasn’t very religious at all.  His father was a deacon, but there’s evidence to suggest he only took the post because he wanted the tax incentives.  However, St. Patrick was abducted by Irish raiders when he was 16, and he spent six years as a slave in Ireland.  He took comfort in Christianity during this time, and after he escaped, he continued to be a very devout Christian.  He took haven in Britain, studied to become a priest, and then returned to Ireland with the plan of converting the Irish.

Speaking of stories that aren’t completely true, Patrick didn’t actually introduce Christianity to Ireland.  There were already Christians living there when he returned.  One of his missions, in fact, was to minister to them while converting others to the religion.

A St. Patrick’s Day parade wasn’t held in Ireland until 1931, almost 200 years after the first major public St. Patrick’s Day celebration!  This celebration was held by Irish immigrants in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1737.

How will you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?  Maybe with some beautiful St. Patrick’s Day flowers in Washington, D.C.?

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