Every year on March 17, the Irish and the Irish-at-heart across the globe observe St. Patrick’s Day. Saint Patrick was a fifth-century Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. After becoming a priest, Patrick’s mission was to minister to Christians and to convert the Irish, then pre-dominantly pagans, to Christianity. He did this for 40 years. Saint Patrick is credited with establishing 300 churches in Ireland and of having converted most of the population to Christianity. What began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland has become an international festival celebrating Irish culture with parades, dancing, special foods and a whole lot of green.

What do Shamrocks have to do with St. Patrick’s Day?

In order to make the people understand the doctrine of the Trinity—that there are three beings who make up one divine God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit—St. Patrick drew an analogy by picking a shamrock and showing that its three leaves were on only one stem.

Why do you pinch someone on St Patrick’s Day?

St. Patrick’s revelers thought wearing green made one invisible to leprechauns, fairy creatures who would pinch anyone they could see (anyone not wearing green). People began pinching those who didn’t wear green as a reminder that leprechauns would sneak up and pinch green-abstainers.

Luck o’ the Leprechaun

The St. Patrick’s Day leprechaun is an Irish fairy. He looks like an old man and stands at around two feet tall. Dressed in head-to-toe green, he has a pair of pointy ears and carries a big stick called a shillelagh, which he uses to scare anyone who tries to steal his gold. He prefers to be alone and spends his time either making shoes or searching for gold. The reason he makes shoes is that according to legend Leprechauns dance the Irish jig so much they wear out their shoes quite frequently.  One of the most interesting features of leprechauns is what happens when you catch one. In exchange for freedom, the fairy-folk will grant three wishes. With so many leprechauns running the streets today, see if you can catch one and see what happens!

Come join us at Glades gas for a St Patty’s Day Celebration, Friday March 17th for fun, food, and freebies all day long!  Don’t be surprised if you run into a leprechaun while you are there!! You never know.