If you’re already planning to wear green, watch a parade and
enjoy some beer for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day holiday, you should probably
get your facts straight about the Irish holiday that has become so popular
across the country. While I enjoy St. Patrick’s Day celebrations as much as the next person, I also enjoy learning the truth behind the holiday and more about Irish history.
That’s right- the man behind the day wasn’t even Irish. He was actually
taken prisoner by the Irish. St. Patrick was born in
England around the year 390.When he was 16 years old he was enslaved by Irish
raiders who took him to Ireland and held him captive for six years. St. Patrick
escaped and went back to England, went to religious school, and then returned
to Ireland as a missionary.
Many people think that green is the color of the day because of the lush greens
found in the Irish hillsides, but the knights in the Order of St. Patrick wore
blue. The green color didn’t actually come in to play until around the 18th
There Technically is No Luck O’ the Irish
Four Leaf Clovers Are a Symbol of the Day
Four-leaf clovers are really not as rare as people may think, they are a
genetic abnormality, and there is no association with the clover to the man
behind the day. It is a symbol of luck simply because it was commercialized to
be so. Some people think that it is actually pagan in nature and that would go
against what St. Patrick taught, although it makes sense for the Irish
celebration. In order to get the pagans of Ireland to convert, many church
leaders incorporated some of the pagan traditions into Christian customs to
lure pagans to Christianity. St. Patrick actually used a three leaf shamrock to demonstrate the trilogy of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.