Well, as you’ve noticed the StFX campus has gone extremely green these last few weeks, with it being Sustainability Month and all… But today is a day where the colour GREEN is really celebrated – Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Also known as the Feast of Saint Patrick, March 17 marks the day in which we celebrate the death of Saint Patrick, a saint of Ireland. So I would have to say the majority of people don’t actually know a lot about St. Paddy’s Day and just claim it as a day of drinking. But actually, there are some pretty interesting facts about SPD that you may not know about:
- It was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century
- The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland
- St. Patrick was not Irish. He was from Wales.
- Celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general
- Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks
- Saint Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador
- lol of course it would be a public holiday in NFLD
- Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated in more countries than any other national festival
- St Patrick is said to have used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish
- One of the longest-running and largest St Patrick’s Day parades in North America occurs each year in Montreal, whose city flag includes a shamrock in its lower-right corner
- The Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team was known as the Toronto St. Patricks from 1919 to 1927, and wore green jerseys. In 1999, when the Maple Leafs played on St Patrick’s Day, they wore green St Patrick’s retro uniforms.
Well there you have it! Now you can feel a little less guilty about celebrating like crazy for a holiday you don’t know much about!