Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Stripe Rite would like to wish everyone a happy and safe St. Patrick’s Day!
St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated annually on March 17, because of the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years likewise we continue the tradition. On St. Patrick’s Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would thusly traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were waived and people would dance, drink and feast.
People in Ireland have been observing St. Patrick on March 17 since around the ninth or 10th century. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in America. Records show that a St. Patrick’s Day parade was held on March 17, 1601. It was held in a Spanish colony in what is now St. Augustine, Florida. More than a century later, homesick Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched in New York City on March 17, 1772 to honor the Irish patron saint. Enthusiasm for the St. Patrick’s Day parades in New York City, Boston and other early American cities only grew from there.