Every March 17, countries all over the world celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day. It is the feast day of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland who is known for bringing Christianity to the country. According to biographies of him, he is said to have used the shamrock or a clover to explain the idea of the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish. He died on March 17, 461 and was regarded as the principal champion of Christianity in Ireland.
Saint Patrick’s Day is one of the most celebrated feast days in the world. It was originally celebrated in Ireland, but it spread in some parts of the world where there are strong Irish communities such as Argentina, Canada, Great Britain, Japan, Montserrat, New Zealand and Australia, Russia, South Korea, Switzerland and United States.
This feast day is associated with everything Irish: from anything green or gold to shamrocks and luck. That’s why people bring out everything GREEN and do everything Irish : wear green, eat green clover-shaped cookies, drink green beer or dress up like a Leprechaun :D. Other people in the US like New York, Indiana and Chicago would even take it as far as dying their rivers, canals and fountains with color green to add a fun touch to the celebration.
Green became the official color of Saint Patrick’s Day because it’s one of the colors of Ireland’s flag and the country is known as “Emerald Isle” for its lush green landscape. They say anyone not wearing green should be ready to get pinched by Leprechauns as folklore would have it.
Making This Green Day an Awesome One
Saint Patrick’s Day has been a large and popular celebration of centuries now and people eagerly wait and participate in this event. Want to do something that would make Saint Patrick’s Day more memorable? This day is a celebration of the life the dedication of a saint, why not do something incredible and life-changing by giving a pint!
American Red Cross blood drives for March 17 all over the country don’t miss the chance to save lives on Saint Patrick’s Day! Our country still needs more blood donations because the flu season and winter weather have both taken a toll on the nation’s blood supplies.
Spending Saint Patrick’s Day on a blood donation center, seriously?
Bring Irish playfulness to the blood drive to truly feel the moment. Spend time helping out the community with family and friends and take a trip to the blood bank- don’t forget to wear green.
Be awesome and give blood to help someone. Choose to save lives on March 17th, see you there.