St. Patrick’s Day is an Irish religious holiday, celebrated on March 17th. This is the date is actually the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. This day, Irish families traditionally go to church in the morning and feast in the evening.
Today, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by people all over the United States, Australia and Canada. Nowadays, this holiday is celebrated even in locations far from Ireland, like Japan, Russia and Singapore.
The traditional symbols of this holiday are: the shamrock, leprechauns, the color green, the harp and the blarney stone.
Here are some free vector illustrations with these traditional Saint Patrick’s Day symbols for you to download and use in your projects.
One of the most common symbols of Saint Patrick’s Day is the Shamrock. This is the common name for different type of three-leafed clovers native to Ireland. St. Patrick used to demonstrate the meaning of the Three-in-One (The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit) by showing a shamrock to his listeners.
Even today, the Irish consider shamrocks good-luck symbols, as well as other people with other nationalities.
Did you know that the name leprechaun comes from the old Irish word “luchorpan” which means “little body”? He is an Irish fairy who looks like a small, old man, with a crooked green hat and he is about 2 feet tall.
In the beginning, the color of St. Patrick was actually blue! But in the 19th century, green became a symbol of Ireland. The beautiful green landscape of the “Emerald Isle” is probably the inspiration of the national color. It’s thought that this color brings good luck, especially if it’s worn on this holiday.
Have a joyful Saint Patrick’s Day!