St Patrick’s Day is celebrated not just by the Irish but by people the world over to commemorate the patron saint of Ireland. It’s the perfect time to spread cheer and wish your loved ones the best of everything. Sending St. Patrick’s Day gifts and St. Patrick’s Day flowers to near and dear ones both in Ireland and around the world reinforces the links and roots which have survived through many generations.
Traditions and symbols
Around the world, the color green is associated with St. Patrick’s Day. However, originally the color for this day was blue. Over a period of time, green became the preferred choice and people began wearing green ribbons, the Blarney stone, shamrocks and designs based on the shamrock as symbols. The shamrock came to be important to the Irish because St. Patrick is said to have used this three-leaved clover plant to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity. But finding a four-leaved shamrock is considered lucky especially on this day. St. Patrick’s Day can’t be complete without the mention of the mythical leprechaun. It is famously believed that catching one on this day could lead you to a pot of gold!
Celebrations across the World
St. Patrick’s Day became the official public holiday of Ireland in 1903. But it wasn’t till the mid-1990s that the Irish government began a campaign to showcase this festival. Many towns, cities, and villages in Ireland hold parades and festivals. Along with Dublin one of the biggest celebrations takes place in the town of Downpatrick where Saint Patrick is believed to have been buried. The festivities are a week long and marked by floats, concerts, sports events and pub hopping. In many cities across the globe green clothing is traditionally worn, and American cities like Chicago and Savannah dye their waterways green. In fact people participating in the New Orleans parades are known for throwing onions, carrots, cabbages, potatoes and other ingredients that make up the traditional Irish stew.
Sending St. Patrick’s Day Wishes
St. Patrick’s Day is about spreading good cheer and good luck and whether you’re staying in Ireland, North America, Australia or any part of the world, you can easily send across gifts and warm wishes through online gifting.
St. Patrick’s Day will be celebrated on 17th March, 2013.
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