Ireland often conjures thoughts of leprechauns finding pots of gold at the end of rainbows, limericks, shamrocks and the timeless saying ‘the luck of the Irish.’ Also integral to Irish heritage is the annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration on March 17th. The celebration of ‘St. Paddy’s Day’, as it has come to be known, is now an international phenomenon full of all things green.
Who was Saint Patrick?
Saint Patrick is the primary patron saint of Ireland, but In fact, Saint Patrick was not Irish. He was a nobleman born in Britain and kidnapped by Irish pirates at the age of 16. Saint Patrick was born into a religious family and while in his early life he did not believe in God, he found his faith while he was enslaved in Ireland. Eventually he found his way back home, but later went back to Ireland to work as a missionary. March 17th marks the day of his death and was originally a religious holiday made official by the Catholic Church to celebrate the arrival of Christianity in Ireland.
The reason green is highlighted on St. Patrick’s day is that, according to legend, Saint Patrick used shamrocks, or 3 leaf clovers, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish. Green-clothed Leprechauns are also associated with Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations and according to Irish folklore, if you catch one of these fairies, they will grant you three wishes.
Although few Irish live in Mexico, hundreds of Irish immigrants fought as part of the Mexican army during the Mexican-American War. Every year, on St. Patrick’s Day, the San Patricios who died fighting in this war are commemorated in Mexico and remembered as heroes.
Garza Blanca’s St. Paddy’s Day Party
Join us at the main pool esplanade at Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta on March 17th between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm as we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with our poolside party and buffet barbecue next to the beach. Enjoy a wide variety of foods (grilled beef burgers, grilled chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, roast chicken, BBQ ribs and more). A live rock band will also provide entertainment for everyone for part of the event. Feel free to wear your green and join our staff who will be decked out in outfits and costumes in celebration of St. Patrick’s day. The event is included for all-inclusive guests and costs USD $36 for European plan guests.
Come and be part of the fun and toast your friends and loved ones with a special Irish drinking toast:
“May you have all the happiness
and luck that life can hold—
And at the end of all your rainbows
may you find a pot of gold.”
Make a reservation with the concierge by calling ext. 3002 or 3014.