Ideas for St Patricks Day Cupcakes
So, St Patrick's Day is an Irish special occasion? Well, yes, it is the Irish main day of remembrance and celebration on 17th March each year.
There are many unique ideas for St Patrick's Day cupcakes and most should include the color green, some shamrocks and perhaps a little leprechaun might sneak in there, too.
Origins of St Patrick
Born in the fourth century A.D., Patrick's birthname was Maewyn. He was born into a wealthy family in Roman Britain. At the age of sixteen he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and brought to Ireland and slavery.
He spent six years there working as a shepherd and during this time he "found God". He believes God told him to flee to the Irish coast, where a ship would be waiting to take him home. Somehow he did escape and found his way to a monastery in Gaul (France) and converted to Christianity.
He went back to Ireland in 432 A.D. as a missionary to spread his Christian beliefs and way of life. While Christianity had already taken hold in the country, tradition has it that Patrick confronted the Druids at Tara and abolished their pagan rites, helping to make Christianity more widespread throughout the island.
Patrick became a bishop and did much good work so that after his death he was so named Ireland's patron saint. Celebrations in Ireland were understated though.
When the Irish emigrated to the U.S., they created the bigger celebrations and parades known today probably feeling homesick and wanting to recognize their homeland roots.
It was the 18th century Irish soldiers who fought in the Revolutionary War who began the tradition and held the first St. Patrick Day parade in New York City in 1766.
Catholic Faith & St Patrick's Day Today
St. Patrick's Day is a special occasion each year primararily for those of the Catholic faith and commemorates Saint Patrick. St. Patrick's Day occurs on the 17th day of March each year, which is the day that Saint Patrick had passed away.
St. Patrick's Day is a nationwide holiday in Ireland with most businesses closing for the day. In other parts of the world, specifically the United States, Canada, U.K. and Australia it is commonly celebrated however it is not a main government gazetted public holiday as in Ireland.
Catholics worldwide will certainly begin their St. Patrick's Day with a Mass service early in the morning which is held to venerate St. Patrick and get the days celebrations underway.
In the United States, St. Patrick's Day is commemorated by everybody having an Irish background. The day has actually ended up being more of a non-religious holiday than among the faith. It is more of a definition of commemorating the start of Spring.
This supports the custom of putting on green for the day, due to the fact that green is both the color of Ireland in addition to the color which symbolizes life and growth. It is stated that you will certainly be fortunate for the coming Spring and year if you dress in the appropriate green clothes on the day.
Surprisingly, St. Patrick's Day started being commemorated in the United States with a parade in Queens, New York on September 17th, 1737 and ever since parades are fun symbols of the day.
Symbolism of the Shamrock & Leprechauns
Lots of people use a shamrock or four-leafed clover to represent all the best. The roots of this custom, it is stated, come from St. Patrick making use of a shamrock to describe to the pagans the idea of the Holy Trinity. In the Catholic Religion, the Holy Trinity is the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, which Christians understand all originate from the very same God.
The three leaves of the shamrock all linked to the same stem were used to describe this principle to the pagans. If you are putting on a shamrock on St. Patrick's Day, it suggests that you can assert best of luck or true blessings on that day and for the remainder of the year.
In addition to the shamrock, lots of people think that the adorable little fictitious Leprechaun character can bring you good luck. So, many individuals use Leprechaun pins and other souvenirs on St. Patrick's Day in addition to a shamrock.
Among the enjoyable and incredibly popular customs which accompanies St. Patrick's Day is the usage of green beer. Numerous bars and clubs include green food coloring to their beer to serve to their customers.
In addition to the green beer, numerous individuals likewise indulge in Irish Cream and Irish Whisky on the day. For the children, a great green lemonade or 7UP make terrific non-alcoholic options.
Happy St Patricks Day!