Saint Patrick’s Day – Ireland’s Official Holiday
16 Mar 2019
Saint Patrick’s Day is the feast day of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Celebrated on March 17th, the date of Saint Patrick’s death in 461 AD, it is Ireland’s official holiday.
Customs and Traditions
Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated in more countries than any other national festival.
The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity into Ireland, as well as celebrating the heritage and culture of all things Irish.
Saint Patrick is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish. This in turn, amongst others, is said to have promoted the wearing of green attire and shamrocks on Saint Patrick’s Day.
Celebrations typically involve public parades, festivals, cèilidhs (gatherings) and of course the wearing of green attire and shamrocks.
The feast day of Saint Patrick falls during Lent. So, the number of Christians celebrating and fasting at this time was high. Due to this, the restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol were said to be lifted for the day. However, this is also said to have helped encourage the holidays more recent tradition of excessive alcohol consumption.
The Saint Patrick’s Day / Leydon Logo
The Leydon logo symbolises a green four leafed clover.
According to Irish tradition, finding a four leafed clover is considered lucky. Each leaf on a four leafed clover symbolises good omens. Omens such as faith, hope and love. The extra leaf being luck for the finder.
“May your troubles be less, and your blessings be more.
And nothing but happiness, come through your door.”
― (Irish Blessing)
However you are celebrating, whoever you’re celebrating with, we hope you have a great day!
Lá fhéile Pádraig sona duit (Happy Saint Patrick’s Day)!