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History of St. Patrick’s Day

Written by March 17, 2014

Saint Patrick

Are you wearing green and drinking green beer today in celebration of this spirited holiday? Have you ever wondered why?? Spokeo to the rescue with a bit of history for you. The festivities first began as the celebration of the arrival of Christianity to Ireland, and March 17 is the anniversary of the death of the most commonly recognized patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick.

How did wearing green and shamrocks come about? It is said that Saint Patrick used the three-leaved shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to the Irish. All around the world, the day includes parties and parades and usually  the consumption of alcoholic beverages. Apparently, in 19th Century America, churches made Lenten exceptions so that all could commemorate in the day’s festivities which included alcoholic libations. #winning

How are you planning to celebrate the day?

Wishing you a spirited and very safe this Saint Patrick’s Day!

Be sure to visit the Spokeo Famous People pages for a bit of history on all of the upcoming holiday historic figures.


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Vanessa joined Spokeo in 2012 and oversees all social media, media relations and community relations efforts for Spokeo. She is especially passionate about Spokeo programs focused on search and reunion and promoting STEM careers for women and children. During her free time, she enjoys writing, DIY home decor and crafts, and eating dessert!

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