Later this week, we will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! But, why do we do this? Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick, is a cultural and religious celebration held on March 17, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland. Here are a few wee bits of trivia that pertain to this day:

  • Today’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations have been greatly influenced by those that developed among the Irish diaspora, especially in North America. Until the late 20th century, St Patrick’s Day was often a bigger celebration among the diaspora than it was in Ireland.
  • Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, Irish traditional music sessions, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks.
  • On St Patrick’s Day, it is customary to wear shamrocks, green clothing, or green accessories. St Patrick is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish.
  • The color green has been associated with Ireland since at least the 1640s, when the green harp flag was used by the Irish Catholic Confederation.

I wish the entire #SabreNation Happy St. Patrick’s Day!