Happy St. Patricks Day…

Lovato Jiu Jitsu proudly wishes you a happy St. Patricks Day.

Now for a littble bit about some St. Patricks Day history…

St. Patricks Day is a religious holiday celebrated internationally on 17 March. It is named after Saint Patrick (c. AD 387–461), the most commonly recognised of the patron saints of Ireland. It originated as a Roman Catholic holiday but is now observed by Protestant churches also (especially the Church of Ireland).[1] It became an official feast day in the early 17th century.

Over time, St. Patricks Day has gradually become more of a secular celebration of Irish culture.

St. Patricks Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland,[2] Northern Ireland,[3] Newfoundland and Labrador and in Montserrat. It is also widely celebrated by the Irish diaspora, especially in places such as Great Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, and Montserrat, among others.

Originally, the colour associated with Saint Patrick was blue. Over the years the colour green and its association with St. Patricks day grew.[5]

Green ribbons and shamrocks were worn in celebration of St. Patricks Day as early as the 17th century.[6] He is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish, and the wearing and display of shamrocks and shamrock-inspired designs have become a ubiquitous feature of the day.[7][8] In the 1798 rebellion, in hopes of making a political statement, Irish soldiers wore full green uniforms on 17 March in hopes of catching public attention.[5]

During St. Patricks Day the phrase “the wearing of the green”, meaning to wear a shamrock on one’s clothing, derives from a song of the same name.

Happy St. Patricks Day