Ah, St. Patrick's Day: the day when each one of your friends and even your grandfather seems to be Irish. This is probably the only day when you'll dig through your closet, just to find that special green something to wear wherever you go. St. Patrick's Day is celebrated all over the world, and for many, it's a day to relax and drink, whether it's a favorite ale or just some random green beer served at the bar. Many think St. Patrick's Day is just about wearing green, drinking, and dealing with the hangover the next day. However, there are probably some things that many don't know about St. Patrick's Day.
Some of the facts you'll find surprising, while others are a little bit more expected, especially if you've participated in a St. Patrick's Day festivity once in your life. And of course, have a Happy St. Patrick's Day!
- Shamrocks- Of course with St. Patrick's Day comes the massive appearance of shamrocks. Whether you're wearing one pinned to your lapel or you have them on your socks, shamrocks have definitely become a central symbol for this day. In the olden days in Ireland, the shamrock was seen as sacred. Due to its green color and overall shape, many believed it to represent rebirth and life. The four leaves of the clover represent faith, love, hope, and of course, luck. Because of this, the shamrock has continued to be very popular in the Irish culture. When the Irish were under control of the English, many silent protests were held, and each person should wear a shamrock pinned to their shirt. From then on the shamrock has became a very well known symbol that represents Ireland and the Irish people.
- Prohibition in Ireland....Really- When you think of March 17th, you almost surely will think of beer, and when you think of someone Irish, you probably think of beer and pubs as well. But, in the history of Ireland, beer wasn't always a given on this widely celebrated day. In 1903, a member of the Irish parliament, James O'Mara introduced a new bill that called to recognize St. Patrick's Day as a religious observation in Ireland. However, because this was made a law, this meant that all of the local pubs had to close; therefore, no beer was readily available. So for 67 years, the Irish suffered through a total shut down of all pubs until 1970 when the law was overturned and the holiday was no longer a religious observance, but a national holiday.
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