St Patrick’s Day is the most important holiday of the year in Ireland and beyond. It’s celebrated every year on 17 March and on this day the entire island turns green and comes alive with celebrations, concerts, parades and rivers of beer on the streets. It’s an excuse for carefree meetings between the Irish who remained in the country and those who emigrated. St Patrick represents the day of the sense of belonging to the nation.
How did this celebration originate? And how does Moreschi pay homage to Irish style?
- When is St Patrick’s Day celebrated? The origin of the celebration and the legend of St Patrick
- Why green?
- Moreschi’s Ireland Made in Italy
When is St Patrick’s Day celebrated? The origin of the celebration and the legend of St Patrick
St Patrick’s Day is a Christian holiday which is celebrated every year on 17 March, in honour of the Irish patron saint, who died on 17 March 461 AD.
Who was St Patrick?
Patrick, born Maewyin Succat, was born in Britannia at the end of the fourth century and was kidnapped by Irish pirates at the age of sixteen. During this period of captivity, he converted to Christianity, but he also learned the language and traditions of the local Celtic populations. After six years in captivity, he escaped and returned to England.
Patrick began an ecclesiastical career and was sent back to Ireland as a missionary.
His fame spread to such an extent that, after his death, stories and legends continued to be told and turned him into a very important figure in Irish culture, identifying him as one of the symbols of the country.
According to legend, the Celtic cross originated from the union of the Christian cross and the Celtic symbol of the sun.
Speaking of legends, two episodes revolving around the figure of St Patrick are part of Irish culture.
The first concerns St Patrick’s Well, which spread in the Middle Ages and concerned a bottomless cavity, which hid untold wealth. This legend began because St Patrick used to pray inside a very deep cave from which you could enter doors of Purgatory or Hell.
The second concerns the explanation of why there are no snakes in Ireland. Legend has it that St Patrick dropped a bell from a mountain and the noise it made drove all the reptiles and crawling animals from the island into the sea.
St Patrick’s Day only became a national holiday in 1995, but the first parades took place in Waterford in 1903 and Dublin in 1931.
Despite what one might think, St Patrick’s Day did not originate in Ireland.
The first true St Patrick’s parade was held in New York in 1766, when a group of soldiers, while heading to celebrate in a tavern, decided to march behind a band playing traditional Irish music. The impromptu parade was so successful that it drove Irish Americans to re-enact it every year, in every city.
Everyone knows that on St Patrick’s Day you have to dress in green, it’s a matter of tradition.
But why? The origin of this tradition is linked to the clover, the symbolic flower of the celebration and of Ireland. In fact, it’s said that St Patrick used a clover to explain the Holy Trinity to the Irish and that is how it became one of the symbols of this celebration.
For the druids, according to legend, clover was an important plant that was full of meaning.
Before the arrival of St Patrick, they believed that clover had healing properties and that the number three had an important significance in ancient numerology.
They also believed that it could ward off evil spirits and foresee the arrival of bad weather.
According to Irish folklore, another symbol of this celebration is the Leprechaun, the most popular fairy in Ireland, also known as Leith Bhrogan. His portrait is represented in the workshops and stores, and it’s his mask that opens the parades on St Patrick’s day.
It’s said that Leprechauns guard a pot full of gold hidden at the base of the rainbow and that the Irish leave a glass of milk on their windowsills.
That’s why on 17 March everyone wears at least one green coloured garment when celebrating in pubs with friends or at home with family.
Moreschi’s Ireland Made in Italy
One could say that the style of the Irish man can be divided into two. While, on the one hand, we have the sophisticated man, on the other, we have the historical and traditional style of this nation. Indeed, when Irish men aren’t wearing elegant and rigorous clothes, they can opt for a Kilt paired with a classic Irish sweater. Rich in tradition and history, it is an iconic garment of this nation, often used during official celebrations, as well as for weddings.
Stylists from all over the world have stereotyped it by including it in their collections, making the kilt a modern, albeit timeless garment, underlining male virility in a different manner.
The Irish man is very attentive to how he dresses. In his most elegant version, a gilet, shirt and tie are a must, together with a nice matching suit.
He loves using ton sur ton garments and prefers using tartan.
To complete the Irish style, Moreschi dedicates two strictly handmade models of shoes to the Irish cities of Dublin and Cork.
The Dublin Moreschi is a classic brogue in various colours. Versatile and suited to any type of situation, it’s available in black leather, for more formal occasions, and cognac-coloured leather, for everyday use. Suede lovers, on the other hand, can have them in shades of dark brown and navy.
The derby Cork is more sparkling and youthful. Made of soft leather in black and dark brown versions, they are preferred by young people. Both models have rubber soles, to cope effectively with the weather conditions on the Emerald Isle.
The Dublin and Cork Moreschi are handmade shoes, strictly Made in Italy, produced using the Blake construction method. In this type of method, after being glued and pressed to the upper and insole, the sole is further secured using a Blake, a special machine that sews the seam on the bottom of the shoe. Doing so makes the shoe more durable over time.
Craftsmanship, the choice of materials and attention to detail are factors that attract and meet the needs of quality-minded men.