When we hear the words, Saint Patrick’s Day, we imagine the color green. It is a festive day where clovers, leprechauns, and good luck reign supreme. The origins of Saint Patrick’s Day, or
When we hear the words, Saint Patrick’s Day, we imagine the color green. It is a festive day where clovers, leprechauns, and good luck reign supreme.
The origins of Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick, like most famous holidays have a religious and cultural history. It particularly remembers Saint Patrick, one of Ireland’s patron saints, who ministered Christianity in Ireland during the fifth century. It is held on the 17th of March, his traditional death date.
It is said that this patron saint used the three-leaved plant to explain the Holy Trinity, which are the father, the son, and holy spirit, to the pagan Irish. Fun fact about Saint Patrick’s day is that for many years, blue was the color most often associated with St. Patrick. Green was considered unlucky. St. Patrick’s blue was considered symbolic of Ireland for many centuries and the Irish Presidential Standard is still blue. Another interesting fact about Saint Patrick, is that he was born in Wales.
The folk lore of wearing green is quite an interesting story. It basically starts with St. Patrick’s revelers, that thought wearing green made one invisible to leprechauns. These elusive and mischievous types of fairies were said to pinch anyone they could see, and these, of course, were the people not wearing green. People began pinching those who didn’t wear green as a reminder that leprechauns would sneak up and pinch green-abstainers, their victims.
Now, of course, it is more of a fun holiday, where people are encouraged to wear something green or wear a leprechaun costume, ride colorful floats themed for the celebration, and the streets are filled with the sound of fantastic band music. This Irish celebration is now celebrated in various countries by people of Irish descent.
Here in Crested Butte, we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the streets and enjoy the day with friends and family, as we watch the amazing parade. Bars and restaurants here also have interesting St. Patrick’s Day themed dishes and beverages, including our famous green beer. Dress up in your best Irish attire or at least show a little green, and head to one of these venues that have St. Patrick’s Day specials. A great thing about spending St. Patrick’s day in Crested Butte is that people can go ski, snowboard, and get rowdy at Crested Butte Mountain Resort.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! I hope to see you here in Crested Butte.
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