The argument is there, that St. Paddy's Day is a much bigger celebration in the leisure industry of the UK than any other Saints' Day. We say no more! Here's an overview for you of exactly why we celebrate them all, and how to optimise the others - go back to your routes…
Every March 17th, countries around the world celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, observing the death of St. Patrick (the Patron Saint of Ireland credited for bringing Christianity to the country). St. Patrick’s Day has developed over time into a day of celebrating Irish culture with parades, music, dancing, special foods, and of course, a lot of green. Following the colour themes for this event is a very easy way of showing your support for the event.
FUN FACT No.1: Did you know that Saint Patrick didn’t wear green? His colour was “Saint Patrick’s Blue.” The colour green became associated with St. Patrick’s Day after it was linked to the Irish independence movement in the late 18th century.
St. Andrew was famed for his good deeds, and on November 30 people celebrate Scotland’s special day. #BeLikeStAndrew trends, with people carrying out a little act of kindness. He was known for being strong, sociable and fair, encouraging people to share what they had with those in need - characteristics which people all over the word recognise in Scots, and of which Scots are rightly proud. The day is usually marked with a celebration of Scottish culture, including dancing, food and music, and both the British Prime Minister and Scotland's First Minister give St. Andrew's Day messages. In 2006 it was made a bank holiday in Scotland, and has traditionally been a day off for students of St. Andrews University. How could you celebrate you ask? Well that’s the easiest bit! All you have do to, to show your support is wear/design with tartan or the colours blue and white (from the flag).
FUN FACT No. 2: While S.t Andrew's Day in Scotland and St. Patrick's Day in Northern Ireland are bank holidays, St. George's Day in England and St. David's Day in Wales are not.
St. George's Day remembers St. George, England's patron saint. The anniversary of his death, April 23rd, is seen as England's national day. According to legend, he was a soldier in the Roman army who killed a dragon and saved a princess. It is now celebrated with parades, dancing and other activities. Flags with the image of St. George's cross are flown on some buildings, especially pubs, and a few people wear a red rose on their lapel. Church services on the Sunday closest to April 23 often include the hymn 'Jerusalem', written by the poet William Blake. To show your support you could wear blue to follow tradition as St George’s favourite colour was in fact blue, change your designs and follow tradition! You could wear a red rose, this is another long held tradition involving pinning a rose blossom to your lapel or breast pocket. The rose is associated with St. George’s death and has become one of the most recognisable symbols.
St. David is the patron saint of Wales. March 1st is a day of celebration of both St. David’s life and of the Welsh culture. St. David plays a very important role in Welsh culture, but little is known about his life. Many people attend special church services, parades and Welsh literature readings.
FUN FACT No. 3: It is believed that he lived to be 100 years old and that he died in 589, but the first texts on his life only appeared around five hundred years after his death.
The Welsh flag, a red dragon on a white and green background, is displayed prominently and a festive mood prevails. Children, particularly girls, and some adults wear traditional costume. Other people may pin a daffodil or a leek to their clothes. The traditional meal on St David's Day is Cawl. This is a soup that is made of leek and other locally grown produce. You could use the colours red, green and white in your designs and wardrobe choices (from the flag’s traditional colours).