We’ve got some potentially earth-shattering news…did you know that St Patrick could actually be Italian? No seriously, Italian. MIND. BLOWN.
It’s that time of the year again when the town turns emerald green and crowds sign Irish jigs on the streets while chugging on pints Guinness! St Patrick’s Day is celebrated by millions all over the world and has become one of the most popular cultural events on a global scale.
So who was St Patrick? Well, we love our Irish counterparts but you might be surprised to know that St Patrick could actually be Italian. This is huge news. This is bigger than the Spice Girls reunion tour, people.
(Saint) Patrick was born into an aristocratic family in Roman Britain around the end of the fourth century. During his lifetime the British Isles were occupied by the Romans, a group that included Patrick’s family. It is unknown whether they (thought to have been part of the Roman aristocracy) were of indigenous Celtic decent or hailed from modern-day Italy; therefore making him actually Italian!
Also, when Patrick penned the two surviving documents attributed to him, he wrote in Latin and signed his name “Patricius”. That’s evidence enough for us!
It has been said that as a teenager, he was kidnapped by Irish pirates and taken to Ireland, where he was held as a slave for a number of years. He eventually escaped the island, only to return later as a missionary and convert part of the population to Christianity.
Centuries after his death, which some sources cite as March 17, 461, although the exact date is unknown, Patrick became the patron saint of Ireland, and March 17 became a holy day of obligation for the nation’s Catholics. What began as a religious feast day in the 17th century has evolved into a variety of festivals across the globe celebrating Irish culture with parades, special foods, music, dancing, and a whole lot of green.
St Patrick’s Day is celebrated worldwide by the Irish people and increasingly embraced by many of non-Irish descent (especially in Australia and North America), hence the phrase, “Everyone wants to be Irish on St. Patrick’s Day”.
Truer words have never been spoken, my lasses and laddies.
Join us at Criniti’s for a wildly spirited celebration this St Patrick’s Day as we raise a glass to our Irish brothers and sisters, their truly beautiful culture and their wonderfully rich history. We love you Ireland!