Nowadays St. Patrick’s Day is connected with all that’s Irish! Green color, leprechauns, sacks of gold, Irish beer, traditional music are the things that you should expect to see on March 17.
However, it’s the modern representation of this holiday. Initially this holiday was meant for spiritual renewal, because it owes its name to St. Patrick, who brought Christianity to Ireland and who is one of the Irish patron saints.
Over the centuries, this holiday turned from spiritual to entertaining. It is now celebrated in Ireland and in the countries with vast Irish population.
What Do People Do?
People party! Of course, this holiday has its unique traditions. A lot of people are wearing green clothing and accessories, and parties feature a great deal of delicious Irish food with drinks dyed in green color. Children get sweets and adults get booze, what a day! Traditional Irish food, which is offered in bars, pubs, and restaurants includes:
- Irish coffee
- Irish potato soup
- Guinness pie and beef
- Irish brown bread.
- Irish cream chocolate mousse cake
- Irish stew
Those, who have a spiritual edge to their personality, can choose to make a pilgrimage to St. Patrick’s Purgatory. The place has been associated with spiritual healing and penance since the 13th century. St. Patrick’s Purgatory is located in County Donegal on Station Island, where the saint had a vision that promised pardon and penance for all those who came to the sanctuary with faith and penitence.
St. Patrick was born in Britain in 385 AD. When he was 14, he was captured and brought to Ireland, where he spent some time as a slave. Afterwards, he got back to Britain, but eventually returned to Ireland as a Christian missionary. There are several versions about the place of his burial, but most researchers think that he was buried under Down Cathedral in Downpatrick, Ireland.
A Franciscan scholar Luke Wadding was a person who lived in the 17th century and insisted on honoring St. Patrick with a holiday that should be celebrated on 17 March. Firstly, it was celebrated in Ireland, but as more Irish people settled around the world, this holiday received global recognition. The interest in making St. Patrick a worldwide celebration reached its peak in the 21st century.