Saint Patrick’s Day, also known as the Feast of Saint Patrick, is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on March 17th. Saint Patrick lived from 385–461 AD, and he is undoubtedly the most renowned patron saints of Ireland. He is known for driving the snakes out of Ireland, but that is really a myth since there were (and still are) no snakes in Ireland. (Ireland is an island in the midst of icy ocean waters – much too cold for snakes to migrate from England or anywhere else.) But since snakes often represent evil in literature, “when Patrick drives the snakes out of Ireland,” really means that he drove the old, evil, pagan ways out of Ireland, and brought in a new age of Christianity.
History of Saint Patrick’s Day
Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early seventeenth century, as an honor to Saint Patrick and to celebrate the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. Interestingly, the color originally associated with Saint Patrick was blue. Over the years, the color green and its connection with Saint Patrick’s Day grew. In Irish legends, green was often worn by fairies and immortals, as well as those who wanted good crops and bountiful harvests. Green ribbons and shamrocks were worn in celebration of St Patrick’s Day as early as the 17th century.
Your St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
You don’t need the luck of the Irish to have the best St. Patrick’s Day party in town! At BulkCandyStore.com have lots of St Patrick’s Day candy to choose from ranging from mini green candy beads to green giant gummy bears and everything in between. We even have green apple flavored gummi shot glasses on the off chance you might include a bit of libations in your celebration!
Just for fun, here are some great Irish sayings you can share with your guests on St. Patrick’s Day!
Beannachtam na Feile Padraig! – Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
When Irish eyes are smiling, sure, ’tis like the morn in Spring.
In the lilt of Irish laughter, you can hear the angels sing.”
May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you wherever you go.