14 Mar St. Patrick’s Day The History, The Color Green
“The Luck of the Irish”
The evolution of St. Patrick Day celebration is quite an interesting one considering St. Patrick wasn’t even Irish. As legend goes St. Patrick or Maewyn Succat, his birth name was born in Roman Britain sometime in the late 300 AD.
Pretty much a non believer of the Christian faith until captured by Irish pirates at age sixteen who enslaved him as a shepherd for six years. Patrick as he preferred to be called learned the Irish culture, language and converted to Christianity. Attempting an escape from Irish enslavement landed him in the grasps of French soldiers where he once again became imprisoned. While in France Patrick learned about monasticism or monk hood. Upon released he continued to study the Christian faith well into his twenties. Patrick had a vision to spread Christianity to the Irish people who at the time were mostly pagan and druidic. He soon returned to the island to teach the Christian theology. Where of course the St. Patrick Day holiday evolved into what we know today.
So where does the shamrock and the color green come into play? According to legend Patrick used the shamrock as a means of explaining the holy trinity. The shamrock was considered a triad by the druids because of its three leaf formation, the number three was mystical and considered sacred. The color green was worn by the Irish rebellion to fight off the British who wore their traditional red color. Prior to the St. Patrick’s day feast the color the Irish rebellion wore was actually blue. Inherently the feast color changed from blue to green honoring soldiers and the shamrock Ireland’s mainstay color.
In 1903 feast day became a national holiday and would eventually be celebrated all over the world. So whether you’re Irish or not, soldier on!! Adorn yourself with shamrock beads and shades of green and may the luck of the Irish be with you always. ☘️ ☘️ ☘️