Since St Patrick’s Day is just around the corner (March 17th), I thought I would let you know Saint Patrick’s Day came about and show you some of my Saint Patrick’s Day fused glass pieces. I have fused glass pendants, tie tacks, earrings, poker guard, etc. Please let me know if you have any questions or would like one of the Fused Glass items please let me know as they are not all on my sites.
According to Wikipedia, Saint Patrick’s Day or the Feast of Saint Patrick is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on 17 March. Named after Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the most commonly recognized of the patron saints of Ireland.
St Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early seventeenth century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Church of Ireland, the Eastern Orthodox Church and Lutheran Church. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, céilithe, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks. According to legend, Saint Patrick used the three-leaved shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to Irish pagans. Irish folklore tells that one of his teaching methods included using the shamrock to explain the Christian doctrine of the Trinity to the Irish people.
St Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Newfoundland and Labrador and Montserrat. It is also widely celebrated by the Irish diaspora around the world; especially in Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand.
Why do people wear green on St Patrick’s Day? Originally, the color associated with St Patrick was blue. Over the years the color green and its association with St Patrick’s Day grew. Green ribbons and shamrocks were worn in celebration of St Patrick’s Day as early as the 17th century. Saint Patrick is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish, and the ubiquitous wearing and display of shamrocks and shamrock-inspired designs has become a feature of the day. In the 1798 rebellion, to make a political statement, Irish soldiers wore full green uniforms on 17 March in hopes of catching public attention. The phrase “the wearing of the green”, meaning to wear a shamrock on one’s clothing, derives from a song of the same name.
Please let me know if you would like a Fused Glass shamrock or one of my other St Patrick’s Day fused glass pieces. If you would like something other than a pendant i.e., a wine stopper, night light, etc., just email me and I can create a custom fused glass artwork to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.