Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
A public holiday in parts of Canada – Newfoundland and Labrador – St. Patrick’s Day commemorates the death date of St. Patrick, and is celebrated on March 17 by the Irish and Irish diaspora worldwide.
Here are some cool facts you can use to educate your children and impress your colleagues.
- St. Patrick is not actually Irish.
St. Patrick was born in Great Britain and was of Romano-British descent. He was “6 years a slave” in Ireland, being captured by Irish marauders and brought to Ireland at 16-years-old. He eventually escaped and returned to his family, although he would make his way back to Ireland as a missionary, and be forever associated with Ireland and the holiday in his name.
2. St Patrick’s traditional colour was blue, not green.
Historians say that green was adopted because of St Patrick’s use of the shamrock – a three-leaf clover – and because of the its association with Ireland, the “Emerald Isles.”
- Shamrocks weren’t originally symbols of luck
Shamrocks represented the Christian Trinity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, however with the commercialization of St. Patrick’s Day, and with shamrocks appearing more and more on greeting cards due to their religious symbolism, shamrocks became lucky charms (without being magically delicious).
- The correct short form is Paddy, not Patty. “Patty” is short for “Patricia,” not “Patrick.” “Paddy” is an accepted short form for someone who’s name is Patrick.
You are wise not to call anyone of Irish descent “Paddy,” however, because that term is a 19th century slur for Irish people.
And did you know that there is a website and Twitter account created specifically to correct this misnomer.
- The St. Patrick‘s Day parade was invented in the United States.
On March 17, 1762, Irish soldiers serving in the English army marched through New York City in attempt to celebrate their Irish roots with fellow Irishmen serving in the English army. Now there are hundreds of St. Patrick’s Day parades worldwide.
- If you want to really impress an Irishman or woman try this tongue-twister: Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh. It means Happy St. Patrick’s Day!.
Source of information came from here; http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/562405-st-patricks-day-cool-facts-history-tradition/