We got groundhog Phil's prediction: spring is coming! The snow is melting and little patches of grass are showing green signs of life. Everything is going to turn green again and so are we: on St. Patrick’s Day. But why green? And what is St Patrick’s Day is all about?
Every year on March 17, the Irish and the Irish-at-heart across the globe observe St. Patrick’s Day. But who is St. Patrick?
St Patrick was born around 5th century in Britain, when Britain was part of Roman Empire. When Patrick was 16 years old he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and turned into slave. 10 years later he managed to escape. He converted to Christianity and became a priest in Europe. Later he returned back to Ireland and was working there as a missionary till his death on March 17, 461. Patrick converted Ireland from pageant (Celtic) to Christianity.
Story is said that he drove all snakes from Ireland. That may have been a symbol of St. Patrick’s cleansing Ireland from paganism. Ireland did not have snakes to begin with - no fossils artifacts - snakes did not make there during the last icy bridge to the mainland.
Another story says that St. Patrick used Shamrock leaves to explain the Holy trinity. As a result in 18th century in Ireland people started wearing shamrocks on March 17 to signify their Irish Christianity. That tradition later grew into tradition of wearing green clothing.
The tradition of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a parade was born in USA. A lot of Irish immigrants arrived to America during the great potato famine of the 1840’s. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade was in NY in 1762.
Nowadays St. Patrick’s Day also celebrates the beginning of spring with gorgeous flower and garden shows. In anticipation of the new gardening season Sutton Family Skin Care is introducing our new product: Liquid Skin Salve for Gardeners. This is created to provide the relief to the gardener’s exhausted hands at the end of the day.
Enjoy Spring and Happy Gardening!
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