St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner falling on a Saturday this year. Some don’t celebrate or acknowledge the day. In places like America, it’s been known as a day to wear green and drink beer, but what is the reasoning for the day to begin with? It’s not a national holiday, although because it falls on a Saturday this year it may feel like one.
St. Patrick’s Day is actually a religious holiday specifically in Ireland. Around the early 400’s Patrick was born to a wealthy family, his father and grandfather being deacons of the church. Patrick was allegedly responsible for bringing Christianity to Ireland.
He was an evangelist for about 30 years before he died on March 17, 461. It’s not entirely known why the Irish focused on him specifically to be the one to pay homage to, as their were many others during that time who were significant in mobilizing.
How the drinking came into play is also unknown as we’ve discovered that there seem to be many holes in history prompting constant speculation. It wasn’t even until the early 1900’s when Ireland finally made March 17th an official celebrated holiday.
How it made it over to the United States was the Irish immigrants brought it over to America with them. The traditions were more religious observances, but as the generations grew it turned more into a fun holiday for going out with friends and having a beer to attending celebratory festivals that feature Irish culture.