The next major holiday is St. Patrick's Day. I celebrated last St. Patrick's Day in Chicago, IL. My son in law was there for his fantasy baseball get together, and my daughter, the grandkids, and I toured the immediate area surrounding our motel on St. Patrick's Day. Like us, there was a lot of tourists and I suppose locals as well out and about that day, and most everyone seemed to have either a St. Patrick's Day T-shirt, button, or at least was wearing green. Although we didn't get to see the parade, we did get to see the dyed green Chicago River. It was exciting. I'm not sure why but it was. I went back to Chicago again in August and spent a lot of time walking around the downtown area, and the river is actually much more beautiful in the summer than when green, but still, it's a tradition and traditions are fun!
What is the origin of St. Patrick's Day? Taken from history.com:
St. Patrick is believed to have driven the snakes from Ireland. Once a pagan himself, St. Patrick is one of Christianity's most widely known figures.
The modern secular holiday is based on the original Christian saint's feast day also thought to be the date of the saint's death. In 1737, Irish immigrants to the United States began observing the holiday publicly in Boston and held the first St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City in 1766.
Today, the tradition continues with people from all walks and heritages by wearing green, eating Irish food, and attending parades. St. Patrick's Day is bursting with folklore; from the shamrock to the leprechaun and to pinching those that are not wearing green.
Union Eight invites you to shop our galleries for some funny, cute, or traditional St. Patrick's Day T-shirts, buttons, mugs, and other St. Paddy's Day items! If you're looking for a green beer T-shirt for your St. Patrick's Day partying we have many! Looking for an Irish themed Tshirt you can wear all year? We have those too!