We’ve all heard the Irish sayings, “If you’re lucky enough to be Irish, you’re lucky enough.” …or “There are only two kinds of people in the world, the Irish and those who wish they were.” So as Americans, or should I say Texans, should think to ourselves, “What is so special about being Irish?” “Why do we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?”
Getting to know St. Patrick
Every March 17, thousands of people put on their green, march in Irish pride parades, and eat anything green from clover-shaped cookies to Lucky Charms cereal. But do you really know who St. Patrick was, and why is he celebrated? Surprisingly, St. Patrick was not Irish at birth. Born in 387 A.D. south of Hadrian’s Wall in Britain, he was soon captured in his early teens by Irish pagans who brought him to Ireland. While being enslaved for approximately six years, he grew to love the spirit of the Irish. Once freed, he vowed to his family that he wanted to return to Ireland. He began traveling the country, tearing down idols and temples, in order to establish the Catholic Church. In a 30 year time span, St. Patrick baptized, confirmed, and ordained priests. Thousands came into Christianity under his direction, and Ireland was soon converted.
Wear green or get pinched
Here at Betenbough Homes, several employees wore green today.
(From left to right: Scott Smith, Becky Orta, Sandra Keener, Jordyn Nelson, Kalee Rich, Kaylah Barnes, Lauren Hays, Diana Walden, Margaret Trantham, Ron Betenbough, and Peggy Bruton)
It’s important to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day because of four main reasons:
- Green is one of the three colors in the Irish flag
- Ireland is filled with lush, green landscaping
- Green is the color of spring
- Green is the color of the shamrock
Prepare to be pinched if seen not wearing green. That’s an American tradition traced back to the 1700s. Irish legends believe that wearing green makes you invisible to leprechauns, who are known to pinch no matter what. So getting pinched is a reminder of the leprechauns and their sneaky ways.
The three-leaf clover was used as a symbol to explain to the pagans the Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It also can mean happiness.
The four-leaf clover means respect, wealth, love, and health. Many people use it for good luck because they are so rare. Some also consider the four-leaf clover as the Trinity plus Man.
Pinterest can help you celebrate
Betenbough Homes pinned several creative ideas on our Pinterest board, “Fun Holiday Ideas” (Click the link to go check them out!) Below, previews some ideas to help you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 2013.