The St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. He was born in Roman Britain in 385 AD, kidnapped at the age of 16 by a group of Irish raiders who were attacking his family’s estate. After tending sheep for 6 years he escaped and became a priest. He returned about 432 AD to convert the Irish to Christianity. By the time of his death on March 17, 461 AD, he had established monasteries, churches, and schools. Here are some St. Patrick’s Day Candies.
The St. Patrick’s Day celebration commemorates the arrival of Christianity in Ireland in 432, but it is celebrated on the day he died, March 17.
Many legends grew up around him; perhaps the most well-known legend of St. Patrick is that he explained the Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) using the three leaves of a native Irish clover, the shamrock. The color of the shamrock contributed to green as the commemorative color of St. Patrick’s day.
Here is Another St. Patrick’s Day Legend
Another legend is that he drove the snakes out of Ireland. However, this claim is not true because the chances of survival of snakes in Ireland are minimal due to the overall cold conditions of the region. However, some say that the snakes actually represent the pagans he converted to Christianity.
Ireland came to celebrate his day with religious services and feasts. Since around the ninth or 10th century, people in Ireland have been observing the Roman Catholic feast day of St. Patrick on March 17. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place not in Ireland but in America. Records show that a St. Patrick’s Day parade was held on March 17, 1601 in a Spanish colony in what is now St. Augustine, Florida.
Today, the St. Patrick’s day parade is the world ‘s oldest; and it is the largest in the United States, with over 150,000 participants. Each year, nearly 3 million people line the 1.5-mile parade route to watch the procession, which takes more than five hours.
The Significance of the Color Green
While Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle, the color that
people originally associated with St. Patrick was blue. The color blue was featured both in the royal court and on ancient Irish flags.
Green was introduced in Ireland to St. Patrick’s Day festivities in the 18th century, when the shamrock (which is, of course, green) became a national symbol. Because of the shamrock’s popularity and Ireland’s landscape, the color stuck to the holiday. In 1798, the color green became officially associated with the day.
Leprechauns are another reason you wear green on St. Patrick’s Day. Or risk getting pinched! The tradition is tied to folklore that says wearing green makes you invisible to leprechauns, which like to pinch anyone they can see.
Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day Green the L’Orenta Way
Celebrate St. Patrick’s day with our selection of delicious green candies! You can really internalize the spirit of the holiday with the following selections:
Our Jelly Belly Green Apple Jelly Beans are bursting full of flavor. These vibrant green jelly belly beans are so appropriate for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.
Another option is our Jelly Belly Juicy Pear Jelly Beans.
These lime green speckled jelly beans are beautiful, flavorful and perfect to eat as an energy boost for your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations throughout the day.
How about celebrating the holiday with our Watermelon Jelly Belly Beans! One bite of these deep green juicy watermelon flavored jelly beans will have you ready to march in the parade. How often have you been able to enjoy the taste of watermelon without worrying about the seeds?
Finally, you might want to try Our Mint Cookie Malted Balls. These green candies are made by coating malt balls with a layer of peppermint. They have a delicious mint chocolate, chocolate cookie and malt ball flavor blend. These provide you with the energy and nutrition you need for a full day of celebration!