Details about Saint Patricks Day - Irish Blessing ~ Ofuran

Details about Saint Patricks Day - Irish Blessing

Today 17th March will be celebrated as Saint Patrick’s Day all over the world. It is a cultural and religious celebration especially for the Irish. The day is also known as “Feast of Saint Patrick”. The day is named after foremost patron saint “Saint Patrick” of Ireland. It is a public holiday and it is declared as official Christian feast day in the early seventeenth century.

 Catholic Church observes the day gorgeously. This day mainly commemorates the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. People organize public parades and festivals on this day. People wear green attire dresses named Shamrocks and eat delicious foods and drinks alcohol as the holiday tradition. This day is celebrated in more countries than any other national festival of the world.

Saint Patrick was a Romano British Christian missionary in Ireland in the 5th century. He was also a bishop in Ireland. Many histologists believe that he was born in Roman Britain in the 4th century. His father was a deacon and he was kidnapped by Irish raiders. Then he was taken as a slave in Gaelic Ireland. He works as a slave for six years and then he “found God”. Then he fled from the coast.  He came back to Ireland to covert ‘pagan’ Irish to Christianity. There is an allegory that he drove out the snakes out of Ireland. Now no snakes are in Ireland.

Saint Patrick’s Day has been celebrated from the 20th century among the Irish Diaspora especially in the North America. Parades on this day began in the 18th century. Marching bands, the Military, fire brigades and cultural organizations organizes parades on this day. Many of the parades become to a carnival. People drink alcohol especially Irish whiskey, beer, cider etc. to celebrate this day.

It is said that Saint Patrick used shamrock, a three leaved plant and he explained the Holy trinity to the pagan Irish by this. Green color is associated with Ireland from the 17th century. Green ribbons and shamrocks has been used in Saint Patrick’s day from that century. In 1790, green becomes the symbol of Irish nationalism. The Irish Government emphasizes much importance on this day to offer a national festival, to create energy and excitement among people and to provide opportunity and motivation for all walks of people of Ireland.