It must be admitted, for most of us, St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 only rhymes with drinking. But for the most curious, the Spanish newspaper Marca was interested in the origins of this holidayand of that famous Patricius.
Nowadays, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated mainly in Ireland, but this was not the case before the XXand century. The modern version of the celebration actually appeared in the United States, and more specifically in New York, where the first parade took place in 1762. This is explained by the large proportion of Irish on the American east coast at the time. Moreover, the color associated with it was not green like today, but blue.
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Saint Patrick was initially called Maewyn Succat, before changing his name to Patricius when he became a priest. We know of him that he died around the Vand century, i.e. twelve centuries before the first parade of which we are aware. “He was a Roman citizen”, explains Marion Casey, an assistant professor of Irish studies at new york university. “He was allegedly enslaved at 16 and taken to Ireland, where it is unclear whether he was released or fled after six years in captivity.” Most of the biographical information available about him comes directly from the book. The statement written by Patricius himself. According to legend, he then returned to Ireland to convert the Irish to Christianity, and used three-leaf clovers to explain the Holy Trinity to pagans.
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According to the NationalWorld, this day of celebration almost inevitably involves parades, Irish music, and a dress code around the color green and shamrocks. In Ireland, however, St. Patrick’s Day is also an opportunity to highlight Irish culture and above all Irish Gaelic, the traditional Celtic language of the island. Thus, a large part of the population takes part in the Irish language week, or in its original version, Seatain na Gaeilge.
In recent years, St. Patrick’s Day has become widely internationalized with major celebrations in Norway, Malta or even Japan. As for the consumption of alcohol such as whiskey or beer, this tradition could come from the fact that, since the celebration is of pious origin, some believers therefore attend religious services. The restrictions linked to Lent and concerning alcohol or food are then lifted.
The Fhéile Pádraig is done! (Happy St. Patrick’s Day!)