A St. Patrick’s Day Subway Art free printable is on tap today (pun intended). Even if you aren’t Irish, St. Patty’s Day allows you to drink green beer, dance, eat beef and cabbage, and be merry. But, do you know where the celebration truly came from? It is in honor of Saint Patrick, one of the most well-known patron saints in Ireland.
And, while it is best known for an excuse to drink and wear green, it is actually a celebration of the introduction on Christianity in Ireland! A bit of trivia: originally, the color associated with Saint Patrick was blue.
Legend has it, he used a 3-leaved clover to explain the Holy Trinity to the Irish. The “wearing of the green” was born. Saint Patrick died on March 17, 461. In 1940 and 2008, St. Patrick’s Day fell during Holy Week and was moved to a different day in order to observe the Christian traditions. St. Patrick’s Day will not fall during Holy Week again until 2160!
In 1903, St. Patrick’s Day became an official national holiday in Ireland. Later, a law was passed in Ireland to close bars and pubs on March 17th to control the drinking and ruckus. In the 1970’s, this law was repealed. Today, the Republic of Ireland uses St. Patrick’s Day as a way to showcase Irish tradition, history, and culture.
Today, I thought I’d share a fun St. Patrick’s Subway Art printable that I created. Print it out. Frame it or hang it up as it is. Enjoy!
May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks.
May your heart be as light as a song.
May each day bring you bright, happy hours that stay with you all the year long.
However you choose to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, I hope you carry a wee bit of the Irish in your heart.