St Patrick’s Day 2019
Today is St Patrick’s Day! St Patrick’s Day 2019
St Patrick’s Day 2019 is the feast day of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, and falls on 17th March, the date of Saint Patrick’s death in 461 AD.
The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. Saint Patrick was the foremost patron saint of Ireland.
Observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Lutheran Church; Saint Patrick’s Day was hailed an official Christian feast day back in the early 17th century.
Legend has it…
Saint Patrick is said to have used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish. Though it may be older, this story first appears in writing in 1726. The Shamrock is a plant with three distinct leaves, The number three was a significant number in pagan Ireland and the Irish had many triple deities. It is for this reason; a fact, that may have aided St Patrick in his evangelisation efforts.
The feast has been regularly celebrated since the canonisation of Patrick, though it is not a national holiday in the UK.
To mark St Patrick’s day 2019; people around the globe wear green and adorn Ireland’s national emblem – the Shamrock.
St Patrick’s Day parades were born out of North America back in the 18th century and did not actually spread to Ireland until the 20th century. Parades include marching bands, military turnout, fire brigades, cultural, voluntary, charitable organisations and youth groups taking part in the annual celebrations.
In Ireland, the week of St Patrick’s Day is also known as ‘Irish language week’ where particular effort is made to use the Irish language.
St Patrick’s Day celebrations have been widely criticised for its demeaning stereotypes of the Irish. One example is the wearing of leprechaun outfits and bright orange beards, which arose from 19th century caricatures of the Irish.
England, Wales and Scotland each have a patron saint, to whom they dedicate a day in the calendar.
As St David is to Wales, St Patrick is regarded as the man who brought the Christian Gospel to Ireland. St Patrick’s Day
Learn to speak Irish!
Good morning – Maidin Mhaith (Mah-jin wah)
Good afternoon -Tráthnóna maith (Traw-no-na-mah)
Thank you – Go raibh maith agat (Guh rev mah a-gut)
A pint of Guinness please – Pionta Guinness, le do thoil (Pyun-tah Guinness, leh duh hul)
That leads us to say – Happy St Patrick’s Day! – Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig ort! (Byan-okht-ee nah Fay-leh Paw-rik ort)
To celebrate this memorable day, we’re giving away a pocket beard comb with all orders placed this St Patrick’s Day.
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