On Monday March 17, 2014 it is Saint Patrick’s Day and Google have just announced it to the world on their Google New Zealand and Google Australia pages. The Saint Patrick’s Day 2014 Google Doodle is all green and white, true Irish colors. Saint Patrick’s Day or the Feast of Saint Patrick is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated annually on 17 March, the death date of the most commonly-recognized patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick
The holiday were at first only celebrated in Ireland by the Irish but through immigration the holiday have spread to all corners of the world, and you can expect big festivities and Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations in New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Ireland, England and the United States of America.
The day is not only celebrated by the Irish anymore, and a lot of the tradition of Saint Patrick’s Day doesn’t form part of modern day Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations especially overseas.
How was Saint Patrick’s Day originally celebrated?
You may be surprised to learn that the original Saint Patrick’s Day colors were blue and not green but over the years the color changed to green. The reason being that the official colors of Ireland is green and also the 3 colored shamrock was worn by Saint Patrick to explain the Holy Trinity of Christianity among pagans in Ireland.
The Saint Patrick’s Day festivities have its origins in Ireland in the 17th Century and is one of the oldest Holidays in the world. In the 1798 rebellion, to make a political statement, Irish soldiers wore full green uniforms on 17 March in hopes of catching public attention.
In the mid-1990s the government of the Republic of Ireland began a campaign to use Saint Patrick’s Day to showcase Ireland and its culture
- To offer a national festival that ranks amongst all of the greatest celebration in the world
- To create energy and excitement throughout Ireland via innovation, creativity, grassroots involvement, and marketing activity
- To provide the opportunity and motivation for people of Irish descent (and those who sometimes wish they were Irish) to attend and join in the imaginative and expressive celebrations
- To project, internationally, an accurate image of Ireland as a creative, professional and sophisticated country with wide appeal.
Modern Day Saint Patrick’s Day Celebrations
Today in modern society especially in Western Countries Saint Patrick’s Day is a reason for the young to dress up in green, go out and party. The Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations are usually accompanied by drinking Guinness and lots of alcohol, as the Irish are known to consume lots of alcohol.
Without knowing the true meaning behind Saint Patrick’s Day thousands of people across the world will celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day 2014.
To all the Irish and those who celebrates Saint Patrick’s Day we wish you an awesome day, and if you can’t be good, be careful!