Why do we wear green on St. Paddy's? Ask "Paddy" found out the truth behind the fashion and the folklore at History.com:
St. Patrick is believed to have driven the snakes from Ireland. Once a
pagan himself, St. Patrick is one of Christianity's most widely known
The modern secular holiday is based on the original Christian saint's feast day also thought to be the date of the saint's death. In 1737, Irish immigrants to the United States began observing the holiday publicly in Boston and held the first St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City in 1766.
Today, the tradition continues with people from all walks and heritages by wearing green, eating Irish food, and attending parades. St. Patrick's Day is bursting with folklore; from the shamrock to the leprechaun and to pinching those that are not wearing green.
Some Quick Facts:
• St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17
• March 17th is the anniversary of St. Patrick's death in the fifth century
• St. Patrick's Day falls during the Christian season of Lent
• Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon.
• Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were waived and people would dance, drink, and feast—on the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage.
• The first St. Patrick's Day parade took place not in Ireland, but in the United States.
• Although North America is home to the largest productions, St. Patrick's Day has been celebrated in other locations far from Ireland, including Japan, Singapore, and Russia.
So embrace your Irishness! Even if you are only Irish in spirit. St. Patrick would be happy to know you are celebrating life in remembrance of him.
"They say mother earth is breathing
With each wave that finds the shore
Her soul rises in the evening
For to open twilights door
Her eyes are the stars in heaven
Watching o'er us all the while
And her heart it is in Ireland
Deep within the Emerald Isle"