In the 1800’s, Irish immigrants poured into the Boston area looking to escape the terrible famine in their own country. However, St. Patrick’s Day had been celebrated by earlier arrivals as far back as the 1730’s. To this day, the greater metropolitan area still boasts one of the highest concentrations of people claiming Irish heritage, meaning that this part of the country is really anticipating March 17th and all of its festivities. For years, Curran’s Flowers has been providing Danvers with shamrocks, the most iconic plant associated with the holiday, and we invite you to come into our shop and get some for your home or office. What a fun and festive way to celebrate the day!
Did You Know? Many people associate the four-leaf clover with St. Patrick’s Day, especially since it seems to correlate with “the luck o’ the Irish!” However, it is the three-leafed variety of the clover that St. Patrick used to teach children about the doctrine of the Trinity.
Interestingly, St. Patrick was not even of Irish descent. As a young boy, the British-born Maewynn Succat was kidnapped by pirates and held in captivity in Ireland. It is said he came to faith while praying for his own safe release. After being freed and becoming a Catholic priest, Father Patrick returned to Ireland s a missionary. He became so beloved of the people that the anniversary of his death, March 17th, was commemorated each year.
The wearing of the green is a tradition on St. Patrick’s Day, as is drinking green beer, eating corned beef and cabbage, or watching the big St. Patrick’s Day parade. In fact, the holiday has become less of a religious holiday and more of a cultural celebration – whether you are Irish or not! But if you want to send a truly unique gift to your Irish friends and family this year, call Curran’s Flowers. From shamrocks to green carnations to succulents, we’ve got the green you need.