St Patrick’s Day is a day when those of Irish descent – and many others worldwide – celebrate Saint Patrick and all things Irish. It’s not uncommon to hoist a drink (or two), have a special meal, and maybe even march in a parade. Of course, the clothing color of choice is green!
Get your Irish on and let the shenanigans begin!
St Patrick’s Day 2021
When is St Patrick’s Day? St. Patrick’s Day is always celebrated on March 17, so for this year, the date is Wednesday, March 17, 2021.
Saint Patrick’s Day History Fun Facts
Saint Patrick was born in Roman Britain. Irish pirates captured him and brought him to the Emerald Island. He initially worked as a shepherd. He became a devout Christian. Patrick escaped to England but returned to Ireland to spread Christianity.
Saint Patrick died on March 17, 461 A.D. That’s why we celebrate him on March 17 each year.
Shamrocks, the 3-petal flower, is the national flower of Ireland. Real shamrocks and graphic depictions can be seen readily at any Saint Patrick’s Day celebration. The word “shamrock” means little clover. Some think that St. Patrick used it to explain the Holy Trinity.
Beer is the drink of choice for many adults on the celebration day. The Irish beer, Guinness, is a particular favorite.
The New York City Parade celebrating St Patrick’s Day is the largest in the world. But, the first St. Patrick’s Day parade in the U.S. was in Boston in 1737.
Traditional St. Patrick Day grub includes corned beef and cabbage. Soda bread is frequently included. Shepherd’s Pie is another option. It includes mashed potato topping with a sprinkling of cheese over a meaty base. Plus, you can never go wrong with serving an Irishman (or woman) potatoes. Colcannon is similar to mashed potatoes. Others opt for Irish stew. And, of course for those of drinking age, a good Guinness Stout to wash it down with.
People used to wear blue clothes on St Patrick’s Day. But, because of Ireland’s association with the color green because of the Emerald Island and Shamrocks, the preferred color shifted to green.
Greetings for Saint Patrick’s Day
- Irish you luck!
- On St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish!
- You’re my Lucky Charm.
- Pubs: the official sunblock of Ireland.
- Wishing you a pot o’gold and all the joy your heart can hold.
- Bless your little Irish heart, and every other Irish part.
- The Leprechauns made me do it.
- Wherever you go, whatever you do, may the luck of the Irish be there with you.
- Your feet will take you where your heart is.
- Kiss Me, I’m Irish.
- When Irish eyes are smiling, they’re usually up to something.
St Patrick’s Day Images
May you be forty years in heaven before the devil knows you’re dead.
An Irish Wedding Toast: To love and laughter, and happily ever after.
Now you’re married we wish you joy. First a girl and then a boy.
As you slide down the bannisters of life, may the splinters never point the wrong way.
An Irish toast that we all can appreciate.
May you have nicer legs than yours under the table before the new spuds are up.
May you bank account always be bigger than your troubles.
There’s really nothing not to like about funny Irish toasts like this one.
It’s easy to halve the potato where there’s love.
An Irish saying that expresses a sentiment we all know: love makes things easier.
Saint Patrick’s Day Memes
The beauty of the Emerald Isle never look finer than in you.
May your home always be too small to hold all your friends.
This Irish saying makes a great sentiment for new home purchasers, e.g. “Congrats on your new house! May your home…”
If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at who he gives it to!
To warm words on a cold day.
A short but sweet sentiment.
May you live all the days of your life.
Jonathan Swift conveys a thought that all of us should take to heart. We should all try to make the most of our time on earth.
By Mike O’Halloran
O’Halloran can trace his roots back to Galway, Ireland. He is the founder and editor of Greeting Card Poet.
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