The 17th March marks the anniversary of the death of St Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. The tradition began as a feast day in honour of St Patrick and on this day Christians were allowed to put aside their Lenten restriction (which is why celebratory drinking has become associated to the date). The holiday has evolved into a celebration of Irish culture around the world with special foods, parades, music, dancing, drinking and a whole lot of green.
Born in Roman Britain, Patrick was kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave at the age of 16. Patrick eventually escaped and sailed back to his family in Britain to become a priest and later returned to Ireland to bring Christianity to its people.
For the remainder of his life he established monasteries, churches, and schools in Ireland. Other legends grew up around him—for example, that he drove the snakes out of Ireland and used the shamrock to explain the Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). In order to display their Irish-Christian pride and to honor St. Patrick, Irish people began to wear a shamrock on their clothing. Eventually, this practice evolved into wearing green clothes on the holiday.
Guinness is a smooth, creamy and balanced stout which is distinctively dark in colour. As an iconic Irish beer, Guinness is a popular choice for guests on 17th March with almost twice the amount of Guinness pints bought than an average day. Ensure you are stocked up on the product in preparation of St Patrick’s Day. You can also impress your guests with some Guinness facts:
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When entertaining large groups a bowl of delicious punch is an ideal centrepiece. This nod to Ireland’s patron saint is really easy to make and even easier to enjoy
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Jameson Irish whiskey is a triple distilled blended whiskey with a balance of spicy, nutty and vanilla notes. It is a smooth and versatile whiskey making it a great base for cocktails and mixers. Here are just a few that would be great for St Patricks Day:
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