Today’s St Patrick’s Day!
St Patrick’s Day celebrations have been greatly influenced by those that developed among the Irish diaspora, especially in North America.
Parties involve public parades and festivals, céilithe (Irish traditional music sessions), and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks. There are also formal gatherings such as banquets and dances, although these were more common in the past. St Patrick’s Day parades began in North America in the 18th century but did not spread to Ireland until the 20th century. The participants include marching bands, the military, fire brigades, cultural organisations, charitable organisations, voluntary associations, youth groups, fraternities, and so on. However, over time, many of the parades have become more akin to a carnival. More effort is made to use the Irish language; especially in Ireland, where the week of St Patrick’s Day is “Irish language week.” Recently, famous landmarks have been lit up in green on St Patrick’s Day.
Why All The Green?
On St Patrick’s Day, it is customary to wear shamrocks and green clothing or accessories. St Patrick is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish.
A green beer at Lynch’s Irish Tavern. (AP Photo/The Port Huron Times Herald, Jeffrey M. Smith)
The colour green has been associated with Ireland since at least the 1640s when the green harp flag was used by the Irish Catholic Confederation. Green ribbons and shamrocks have been worn on St Patrick’s Day since at least the 1680s. The Friendly Brothers of St Patrick, an Irish fraternity founded in about 1750, adopted green as its colour. During the 1790s, Green would become associated with
During the 1790s, Green would become associated with Irish nationalism, due to its use by the United Irishmen. This was a republican organisation—led mostly by Protestants but with many Catholic members—who launched a rebellion in 1798 against British rule. The phrase “wearing of the green” comes from a song of the same name, which laments United Irishmen supporters being persecuted for wearing green. Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, the colour green and its association with St Patrick’s Day grew.
So there you have it, as long as you wear a green beer for St Patty’s you are all good to partake in the celebrations!!!