Paint the Town Green With J&O Fabrics This St. Patrick’s Day !


When we think of St. Patrick’s Day, we think of shamrocks, leprechauns, 4-leaf clovers, corn beef and cabbage and of course all things Irish! But who is this St Patrick ? What’s the significance of all the traditions that make up this celebrated holiday? And why does everyone wear green?

J&O Fabrics did a little research to find out.

Who is St. Patrick?

Saint Patrick (born Maewyn Succat)  is known as the patron saint of Ireland. It is said that at the age of 16 he was kidnapped and put into Irish slavery. His faith at the time was so strong that when he was released at age 22, he decided to become a priest and then a bishop. He eventually went on to spread the Christian faith by using the shamrock as a symbol. Although he was not born Irish, he has become an important part of the Irish heritage, mostly through his service across Ireland in the 5th century. Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick, is a cultural and religious celebration held on March 17th , the traditional death date of Saint Patrick.

What does the shamrock symbolize?

Shamrocks were first introduced into the religious holiday when St. Patrick used it as symbol to represent the Holy Trinity (each leaf represented one-third of the Trinity). Four-leaf clovers started to become a symbol of luck eventually because they were considered a charm to ward off the bad luck. Since evading evil spirits was believed to be a specialty of the three-leaf clover, the four-leaf clover became an extension of that. Shamrocks are popular in the holiday in general so revelers wear shamrocks on their clothes.

Who is the Leprechaun?

The original Irish name for these mystical figures of  folklore is “lobaircin,” meaning “small-bodied fellow.” Belief in leprechauns seems to have stemmed from Celtic belief in fairies, tiny men and women who could use their magical powers to serve good or evil. In Celtic folktales, leprechauns were cranky souls, responsible for mending the shoes of the other fairies. Though only minor figures in Celtic folklore, leprechauns were known for their trickery, which they often used to protect their much-fabled treasure that lied at the end of a rainbow. We’re still not sure how they relate to St Patrick, but they sure add to the imagination!

Why Corned beef and cabbage?

Each year, thousands of Irish Americans gather with their loved ones on St. Patrick’s Day to share a “traditional” meal of corned beef and cabbage. Although a classic St. Patrick’s Day meal, corned beef and cabbage is more American than Irish as corned beef only began to be associated with St. Patrick’s Day at the turn of the century. Many Irish immigrants living New York City’s during the 19th century were poor and substituted corned beef for their traditional dish of Irish bacon to save money. They learned about the cheaper alternative from their Jewish neighbors.


What is the significance of the color GREEN?

It’s said that blue was originally the color associated with St Patrick and the holiday but over time green took over in popularity due to Ireland’s nickname as “The Emerald Isle”. Though the bluish hue can still be seen on ancient Irish flags, the green more strongly represents the clover that St. Patrick used in his teachings about Catholicism. On a more mystical level, St. Patrick’s revelers believe wearing green made one invisible to leprechauns, fairy creatures who would pinch anyone they could see (anyone not wearing green). People began pinching those who didn’t wear green as a reminder that leprechauns would sneak up and pinch green-abstainers.

Whether such a man or the mystical creatures surrounding the holiday ever truly existed, one thing is for sure. Around the world people from all walks of life will be celebrated the popular holiday alongside the Irish in true Celtic fashion and GREEN will be the new black even if just for a day.

Plan on painting the town GREEN in your own special way this St Patrick’s Day?

Check out our beautiful selection of green dress fabrics great for party decor and fashionable wear just in time for the holiday!


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