the secret fact of St. Patrick’s DaySimon Jones
Are you the one who wonder why do people wear green on St. Patrick’s Day?
Here is the answer!
Many people may wonder what St. Patrick’s Day is all about. Why is it important? Why is it such a big celebration for so many in the West? And something else: why do people wear green on St. Patrick’s Day?
St. Patrick’s Day commemorates the 5th-century apostle and patron saint of Ireland. Of Roman and British lineage, St. Patrick was captured and taken to Ireland as a slave when 16 years old. He subsequently experienced a religious conversion and, six years later, escaping servitude and left Ireland. Eventually becoming a Christian priest and later bishop, St. Patrick returned to Ireland as a missionary. Over following years he would be crucial in converting the Irish to Christianity and specifically Roman Catholicism.
In contemporary times, the Feast Day of St. Patrick’s is celebrated in Ireland and worldwide every year on 17 March, even among those who aren’t Irish. Perhaps not so unusual though given St. Patrick himself wasn’t Irish.
As to why people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by wearing green or decorating places in green, that’s complicated. In fact, blue was first associated with St. Patrick’s Day. By the 17th century, however, green had become firmly a part of the feast’s tradition. Among various reasons given is that the flags of Irish revolutionary groups throughout history often bore green; indeed, green remains one of the colors in Ireland’s current tri-color flag. Other explanations point to the shamrock, a sacred tree, and its prevalence in Ireland. Some say the tradition owes simply to the vivid green landscape of the ‘Emerald Isle’.
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