St. Patrick’s Day Blue? St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 usually celebrates all things green. But St. Patrick – in whose name we celebrate St. Paddy’s Day – was British. So even though he was credited with introducing Christianity to Ireland in the fifth century, he might well have worn British blue instead of Irish green.
March 17 hasn’t always been a celebration. In fact, it began as a solemn day recognizing Ireland’s patron saint, whom some believe died on that day. And there doesn’t appear to have been anything green about it. Says an article on mentalfloss.com: “The color green only became associated with the big day after it was linked to the Irish independence movement in the late 18th century.”
Even stranger, St. Patrick was born Maewyn Succat, taking the name Patricius when he became a priest. Imagine if it had been St. Maewyn who chased the snakes into the sea, ridding Ireland of the pests?
And what about those snakes? According to fossil experts, there never were snakes in Ireland. And, says Popular Science magazine, there still aren’t.
The shamrock worn on St. Patrick’s Day actually is associated with the Saint himself, who allegedly used it as a teaching tool to symbolize the Trinity. But interestingly, it was the Druids who believed the shamrock brought luck by warding off evil spirits.
These days, though, March 17 is a great party that celebrates Irish culture with grand parades, Irish dancing, and green everything. In fact, Paddy himself would probably be celebrating the day if he could.