St. Patrick’s Day is an internationally recognized feast day wherein many of those with Irish heritage and even those who just have an affinity for Irish culture can hit the streets and join the parades or celebration. This joyous occasion offers a lot of interesting facts and trivia that involve the color green and being green too. Since no one wants to miss out on the fun of this festive event that this year, will take place on March 17, here are a few fun facts that will help you make the celebration’s festivities even more enjoyable.
First of all, St. Patrick’s Day is an occasion to remember one of Ireland’s patron saints – St. Patrick. However, even though this day is special for many of the Irish, St. Patrick was not from Ireland at all, but a missionary living in that country during the 4th century who played an important role in converting a lot of the Irish people to Christianity.
The main symbol for the event is the shamrock or clover, a plant with three leaves that St. Patrick used to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagans.
America had its first St. Patrick’s Day parade in the year 1737. At present, New York City is one of the best places to be for celebrating this festive occasion. It holds the most beautiful and exciting parade that is almost a mile in length with over 150,000 participants and an audience of more than a million.
Green is the color for this day since it signifies life and Irish spirit. Everyone is encouraged to wear something green on their outfits. To this day, when someone is not in an attire with the color green, he would be given a slight pinch.
St. Patrick’s Day is also a very important time for shoppers since most stores offer great sales just for this day. From clothes to food even to office supplies, there is always a good discount for all the customers that would rush to stores or order online. A good example is getting 15% off on all products sold at TonerGreen just by adding the code: STPATS. Although this is only a one-day sale that takes place on March 17,2011, it can still offer a lot of savings on printing costs. Other stores that also offer huge savings on this holiday usually give out similar coupons or vouchers. This is actually one of the most sought after commodities by shoppers when St. Patrick’s Day arrives.
There is still so much more to learn about how St. Patrick’s Day became a joyous feast for almost all states and countries. However, just by joining the crowd or wearing a green shirt or even shopping for savings, everyone who is Irish or Irish at heart will surely enjoy this day the way it is meant to be enjoyed.