Green Beer & Irishmen

In honor of St Patrick's Day, I thought an infographic would be a fitting way to celebrate with some interesting facts about the Irish culture you may or may not have known. I, for one, didn't know that Halloween was associated with the Irish; or even for that matter, that St. Patrick was indeed, not Irish, and maybe not even a Saint! There seems to be many legends {true and untrue} about the real St. Patrick. Will the real St. Patrick please stand up :) According to Wikipedia: The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. Little is known of Patrick's early life, though it is known that he was born in Roman Britain in the fourth century, into a wealthy Romano-British family. His father was a deacon and his grandfather was a priest in the Christian church. At the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken captive to Ireland as a slave. It is believed he was held somewhere on the west coast of Ireland, possibly Mayo, but the exact location is unknown. According to his Confession, he was told by God in a dream to flee from captivity to the coast, where he would board a ship and return to Britain. Upon returning, he quickly joined the Church in Auxerre in Gaul and studied to be a priest.

Here in the States, we recognize, {or celebrate} with prominent displays of the color green, eating Irish food and drinking {green beer}, religious observances, and numerous parades. Amazingly it's also recognized/celebrated in Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Russia, Switzerland and South Korea! Slainte!! {Cheers!}


A fun infographic on some facts about the Irish for St Patrick's Day - design by dezinegirl creative studio