St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner! That means the time of leprechauns, parades, and green everything is upon us. That “green everything” is not just your apparel and your beer; it includes the Chicago River which is dyed a bright green to kick off that city’s annual celebration. Chicago’s celebration took place this year on Saturday, March 11, with a parade full of Irish dancers, bagpipes, marching bands and floats. The granddaddy of all American St. Pat’s celebrations is the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade which first marched more than 250 years ago, on March 17, 1762 – fourteen years before the Declaration of Independence. It is always on March 17, unless that falls on a Sunday.
Not to be outdone by the national status of the New York parade, Dallas celebrated this year with what was advertised as “The most enormous St. Patrick’s Day parade in the great southwest.” The 38th annual St. Pat’s Day parade, which took place on Saturday, March 11, had almost 100 floats and 2,000 participants. [We personally have a bias towards Dallas as Youngevity will be hosting its Annual Convention this incredible city in August to celebrate our 20th anniversary year!]
Everyone knows St. Patrick’s Day to be a holiday that involves lots of parades, partying, and celebration, but do we really know what all the celebration is about?
Here are a few interesting facts about St. Patrick’s Day that you may not know.
- St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated yearly on March 17. Many believe this was the date of St. Patrick’s birth, but it is actually the day he died.
- Surprisingly, St. Patrick wasn’t even Irish. St. Patrick was born in Britain, and was captured as a boy by Irish marauders. He spent six years in captivity before escaping to return to his homeland. After having a strong calling to help the country of Ireland, he returned to help spread his views of Christianity as a Christian missionary.
- Despite the fact that the four-leaf clover symbolizes luck, in 18th century Ireland, people believed that St. Patrick used the three-leaf shamrock to describe the Holy Trinity in his teachings. They wore this symbol upon their clothes, which then later turned into wearing green clothing, a tradition we still practice today.
Since everyone’s a little Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, what better way to celebrate the green holiday than being green yourself! Youngevity Be the Change Coffee is Organic, Fair Trade & Rainforest certified, which means that with every purchase, you are aiding in the green movement. In addition, 100% of the profit of Youngevity Be the Change Coffee sales are donated to the Youngevity Be the Change Foundation, which helps aid communities in need. In the spirit of Ireland’s patron saint, do good this St. Patrick’s Day by supporting the Youngevity Be the Change Foundation and, in the words of an old Irish toast — As you slide down the banisters of life may the splinters never point the wrong way.