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Ever wondered what it's all about? Here's what we know (and it's quite the tale!)
Saint Patrick was born around the 5th century in Roman Britain. At the age of 16, he was abducted by Irish raiders who sold him into slavery. He spent six years in captivity in Ireland and was returned to his hometown after receiving a spiritual vision. St.Patrick was largely credited as bringing Christianity to Ireland, and he spent his life teaching, traveling and working as a Christian missionary.
In 1631 he was honored as the Patron Saint of Ireland.
According to a famous story, St. Patrick explained The Holy Trinity with just the tree leaves of a shamrock (modern-day white or yellow clover). As a result, the 18th century Irishmen started wearing shamrocks on March 17 to signify their Irish Christian pride. This very custom eventually grew into sporting green outfits and green St. Patrick’s Day decorations.
The tradition of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with parades took off in America after the 1840 potato famine resulted in hundreds of Irish immigrants pouring into different parts of the country.
What once started with a few Irish soldiers serving with the British marching in lower Manhattan is today’s million spectator caravan. As the Irish population grew in the US, so did St. Patrick’s Day festivities.
Want to be touched by some Irish luck? St. Patrick’s Day symbolizes good fortune. So, get your friends and family along to decorate for a St. Patrick’s Day party.
St. Patrick’s Day celebration ideas - bake festive desserts, raise a toast with green beer, decorate with fun crafts, or throw a green party!
You can also shop from our exclusive St Patrick’s Day collection for more fun St.Patrick's Day Gifts.