One reason St. Patrick's Day might have become so popular is that it takes place just a few days before the first day of spring.
The first Spring Holiday
Who was Saint Patrick?
Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland as he was the one who brought Christianity to the Irish. According to legend, Saint Patrick used a shamrock to explain about God.
Another tale about Patrick is that he drove the snakes from Ireland.
The history of the holiday
So, why is it celebrated on March 17th? One theory is that St. Patrick died on March 17, AD 461. Though originally a Catholic holyday, St. Patrick's Day has evolved into more of a secular holiday. Or, rather, 'be an Irish Day '.
And the Irish has borne it as part of their national tradition in everywhere they populated and prospered. The Catholic feast day for this most loved of Irish saints has become a holiday in celebration of the Irish and Irish culture.
One traditional icon of the day is the shamrock. And this stems from a more bona fide Irish tale that tells how Patrick used the three-leafed shamrock to explain the Trinity. He used it in his sermons to represent how the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit could all exist as separate elements of the same entity. His followers adopted the custom of wearing a shamrock on his feast day.
These mythological beings have appeared for centuries in Irish folklore.
The pot of gold didn't come until much later.
When kept as a talisman, a horseshoe is said to bring good luck. Many believe that to hang it with the ends pointing upwards is good luck as it acts as a storage container of sorts for any good luck that happens to be floating by. Others believe that the shoe should be hung the other way, as it will then release its luck to the people around it.
Corned beef and cabbage
For St. Patrick's Day or any cold winter day, this recipe for classic Corned Beef and Cabbage is delicious and super easy too.
How to celebrate St. Patrick's Day:
Pin a shamrock to your hat
Speak with a brogue
Drink Irish beer and spirits
Wish your friends and family "Top o' the morning to ye" and every so often cry out "Erin go bragh!" (Ireland forever)
If you're a mayor, dye your town's rivers green and paint your lane markers green.