Today on Day’s to Remember, we celebrate how on March 0461 – Bishop Patrick, St. Patrick, died in Saul. Ireland celebrates this day in his honor.
It’s hard to believe there was actually a Saint Patrick, because you really don’t think of that when Saint Patrick’s Day comes around, but before we get into that, where did shamrocks come from?
Saint Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint is said to have used it as a metaphor for the Christian Holy Trinity. The name shamrock comes from Irish seamróg, which is the diminutive of the Irish word for clover (seamair) and means simply “little clover” or “young clover”.
Who was Saint Patrick?
These days, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations don’t have much to do with the man for which the holiday is named.
Nonetheless, he is an important figure in Irish Catholic history. Ironically, St. Patrick wasn’t even Irish. He was born in Britain around A.D. 390 to an aristocratic Christian family, according to National Geographic.
According to folklore, St. Patrick was kidnapped and brought to Ireland at 16, but he escaped and was reunited with his family in Britain at the encouragement of a voice he heard in his dreams, which later told him to go to Ireland.
St. Patrick became a priest and then spent the rest of his life converting the Irish to Christianity.
So why do we wear green always on Saint Patrick’s Day?
At any St. Patrick’s Day event you attend these days, you will just see a sea of green.
There isn’t really one reason why this is the official color of St. Patrick’s Day, but the color green has a lot of connections to Ireland and springtime.
It’s featured in the Irish flag, Ireland is nicknamed the “Emerald Isle,” it represents spring and it’s the color of shamrocks, The Christian Science Monitor points out.
And remember, if you don’t wear green, you risk being pinched. That wholly American tradition comes from the idea that people thought wearing green helped ward off being pinched by leprechauns (seriously), according to The Christian Science Monitor.
Leprechauns would pinch anyone they could see, i.e. anyone not wearing green.
So the pinch in today’s story is, “May the wind always be at your back, and the sun always upon your face, and May the wings of destiny carry you aloft to dance with the stars.”
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to YOU!
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