First and foremost, Happy Saint Patrick’s Day Pan Am friends!! We hope you have an enjoyable holiday celebrating Irish traditions!
Saint Patrick’s Day has been around for quite some time, but did you know that Saint Patrick wasn’t actually Irish? His birth name was Maewyn Succat and he was born in Roman Britain and had Scottish descent. He was kidnapped into slavery and brought to Ireland, but he was able to escape to a monastery in France where he converted to Christianity. He later returned to Ireland as the first Catholic missionary and helped Christianity become more widespread. Then, he became a priest, changed his name to Patricius and after his death, he was named Ireland’s patron saint. The celebrations we have in America today became traditions when the Irish emigrated to the U.S. They were a way for Irish immigrants to connect with their roots after leaving their homeland. Today, Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated by most everyone!
Here are some facts!
- According to the legend, St. Patrick used the three leaf clover to explain the Holy Trinity. Experts have said that the chance of finding a lucky four leaf clover is about 1 in 10,000.
- Chicago first dyed the Chicago River green in 1962.
- There are more people with Irish roots in America than in Ireland itself.