St. Patrick's Day is celebrated annually on March 17, the patron saint of Ireland, who is credited with converting the island's inhabitants to Catholicism.
The characteristic clover of Saint Patrick represents the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, as it was used to explain the Holy Trinity during the construction of churches, schools and monasteries, and over the years, it became the symbol national.
Despite being a holiday of Irish origin, in the United States it has been appropriated due to the great impulse of Irish immigrants who settled mainly in Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and New York.
Initially it used to be celebrated only with special masses and religious services, but over the years parades and pub parties were integrated into the celebration.
Some of the symbols and traditions of this day:
- The color green: initially the color associated with Saint Patrick was blue, and little by little it changed due to a famous Irish song entitled "The Wearing of the Green", in which everyone who is Irish is asked from heart to wear something green on St. Patrick's Day. If on March 17 there is a clueless person who goes out without something green, it is tradition to give them a pinch!
- The clover: legend has it that Saint Patrick took one of the clovers that abound in the Emerald Isle to explain the mystery of the Holy Trinity: a plant with three leaves, a single God with three people.
- Leprechauns: little elves with red beards, reserved, sullen and lonely, with flashy hats and two gold coins in their hands, considered the guardians of the fairies' treasures. Legend has it that the goblins come out every March 17 from their hiding places to make mischief for all those who do not wear green.
- The snakes: legend has it that there are no snakes in Ireland because Saint Patrick, with the help of his cane, directed them towards the sea where they drowned.
- Kiss an Irishman: according to tradition, those who want to receive blessings in their lives must "kiss an Irishman".
A new custom of drinking green beer would have originated in 1914, in a celebration of St. Patrick's Day in New York, and a clover is also added to them for good luck.
Another of the curiosities of this celebration in the United States unites several companies and families that, for half a century, have made the Chicago River bright green instead of blue on that day.
And now, are you ready to celebrate this day? We hope so, and we wish you a happy Saint Patrick's Day!