Blue was the original color associated with St. Patrick and Ireland from 1780's as this color was adopted by the "Order of St. Patrick", but in the late 18th century Green became associated as it was linked to Irish Independence Movement.
St. Patrick wasn't an Irish man, even though he is largely celebrated for introducing Christianity to Ireland. It is believed that he was born to Roman parents in the late fourth century, who lived in Scotland or Wales.
As opposed to the widespread celebrations yet no national holiday in America, St. Patrick's Day is a national holiday in both Ireland and Northern Ireland.
One of the World's largest and most spectacular St. Patrick's Day Parade is celebrated in New York City. It is most traditional Parade carried out on foot even now, since 1762.
In 20th century, Saint Patrick's Day was observed strictly as a religious holiday in Ireland, which meant that it was a no liquor day. But, in 1970, the day was declared a National Holiday and since then a lot of liquor is served throughout the nation, making it a very big business day for the liquor vendors.
An Irish legend, gives a lot of credit to St. Patrick for making Ireland snake free. But, scientists suggest that according to the fossil record, Ireland snakes were never a home to this country as it was too cold to host any reptiles. Scholars are of the opinion that the "snakes" was a metaphor used then to indicate the evils of the then society.
A traditional Saint Patrick's Day staple diet of corned beef and cabbage has nothing to do with corn. Instead, it's a large grain of salt which was historically used to cure meats, also known as "corns."
Not even a single St. Patrick's Day event went by without hearing a cry of "Éirinn go Brách." Well this phrase means "Ireland Forever."
So, that's all about Saint Patrick's Day Parade. Hope you enjoy the Parade being observed in your home town.
Happy Lá Fhéile Pádraig!!
Happy Saint Patrick's Day!!
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