Through doing my own research on Ancestry, found some Irish roots there. But, we can go ahead and talk some history and facts about St Patrick’s day.
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It is actually a day in observance of Saint Patrick’s death. C.385-461c
Saint Patrick was the foremost patron Saint in Ireland.
The Irish have observed this day for about 1000years and falls during the Christian observation of lent.
People would go to church in the morning and in afternoon and evening they would celebrate. Meat was not allowed at this time but an exception was made for this day . People eat cabbage and Irish bacon ,as well as drink.
Who was Saint Patrick?
He was born in Roman occupied Britannia to wealthy parents around the end of the 4th century. He was kidnapped and sold as a slave in Ireland, at the age of 16. He would later escape, but return to Ireland and be accredited with bringing Christianity to its people.
He died March 17,461 and the mythology in his life would be ingrained in Irish culture in the centuries to come.
Since the 9th or 10 century people have been observing the Roman Catholic feast of St Patrick
But, it was in America where the first parade would take place. That was March 17,1601 in St Augustine, Florida. Back then it was a Spanish colony.
Later on in 1772 Irish soldiers fighting for the English that were home sick marched in their own celebration of St Patrick on March 17,1772.
Celebrations started to be observed for Saint Patrick’s day in New York and Boston. It would continue to grow around the colonies and from then on.
Irish Catholic immigrants would often be portrayed as drunken monkeys in newspapers around St Patrick’s day in the mid 19th century.
Leprechauns have their own holiday actually in May, and honestly after reading the history of this holiday I am having trouble seeing what the two have to do with each other. The trickery maybe?
They repair shoes of fairies. So…yeah.
Thank you for sticking around for some more history with me!