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Whether you’re Irish, simply love Irish traditions and holidays, or just love a great excuse to get a little crazy and drink a bit . . . St. Patrick’s Day celebrations brings Irish Cheer to many people around the world. St. Patrick’s Day is a celebration of all things Irish, commemorated on March 17 when many families gather and serve cabbage, corned beef, delightful mint chocolate pies, green beer and Irish Whiskey. Some cities even celebrate by changing entire bodies of water to the color green to remember the beloved St. Patrick.
The holiday also sparks a tradition of shopping for and wearing “a bit ‘o the green” Irish t-shirts, sweatshirts, tanks and other apparel, depending on the climate where you are celebrating. People celebrate by wearing fun clothing to create humor on the holiday.
A Brief History of St. Patrick’s Day:
The holiday remembers St. Patrick, one of Ireland’s Patron Saints. Patrick was born Roman-Britain in the 4th century to a family of aristocrats. His father was a deacon and his grandfather was a priest in the Christian church. Patrick was set on course to become a Priest. He was captured at 16 by Irish Raiders and taken to Ireland where he was a slave working as a shepherd. For six years, he was held captive, but was also able to grow spiritually during this time. It was during this time that he “found God”. He believed he heard the voice of God commanding him to journey to the coast where a ship would take him to Britain.
Patrick became a Priest and returned to pagan North Ireland to convert the Pagan Irish to Christianity. It is said that Patrick converted “thousands”, concentrating his efforts against the Druids. It is also said that Patrick created the famous Celtic Cross and used some of the Irish customs to celebrate Easter. Legend has it that Patrick died on March 17, 461 A.D. Patrick’s legend grew in Ireland and in the UK, recognizing him as the man who single-handedly spread Christianity through out Ireland.
St. Patrick’s Day is now celebrated around the world. In Ireland, it was once a religious holiday, but is now used to draw millions of tourists each year to be entertained with fireworks, parades, live entertainment, and, of course, green beer.
In the US, we have celebrations, parades, fireworks, Irish Whiskey, the “wearin’ o’ the Leprechaun”, four leaved and three leaf clovers, green beer, green fountains, green lakes, etc. While St. Patrick’s Day was often celebrated as a solemn day of prayer by Irish Catholic Families, there are those who go in the opposite direction on “St. Paddy’s Day” and celebrate for all they’re worth!
St. Patrick’s Day offers a fun-filled holiday of remembrance for everyone, young or old, Irish or Irish for the day.Designer Teez has a fun selection of funny t-shirts for the family, to celebrate this fun holiday!