The history & fun of St. Patrick's Day

Let’s change things up a bit today. After all, it is a holiday known for Irish cheers, parades and lots of green!

But, did you know it wasn’t always that way?

St. Patrick’s Day has been around for centuries, however, it wasn’t always the traditional celebration we see in America.

The holiday originated in Ireland as a religious holiday. It falls during the Christian season of Lent, so it was seen as a break from everything that came with the Lenten sacrifices. The Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and then celebrate in the afternoon. The Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were waived so they would dance, drink and feast. The go to meal? Irish bacon and cabbage.

Who was St. Patrick?

In case it isn’t clear, he’s the patron saint of Ireland and its national apostle. He was actually born in Britian, but what most people don’t know that he was kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave when he was a teenager. In his six years as a slave, he spent his time working alone and afraid as a shepherd. During his time of loneliness, he turned to his religion, becoming a devout Christian.

He did eventually escape the country, but later returned to Ireland and is credited with bringing Christianity to the Irish.

The holiday is celebrated on what is believed to be the anniversary of his death around 460 A.D.

St. Patrick’s Day has grown into much more over time. In America, green is everywhere on March 17- food, drinks, rivers, lights, clothing. People use it as a chance to celebrate, regardless of their heritage. Popular meals include corned beef and cabbage and common attire includes leprechaun hats and green from head to toe. For many, the day also includes green beer and the Cincinnati locals love to enjoy green noodles from their favorite Cincinnati Chili restaurants.

The holiday at PGT

At PGT, we jump at any opportunity to celebrate anything- big or small! Our team enjoys having fun together and isn’t afraid to entertain crazy ideas.

I mean, would your entire staff dress up in crazy props just because they were asked?! 

And do you have your own personal leprechaun on staff? WE DO 😉 (he forgot his pot of gold, though!)

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