St. Patrick’s Day Promotions From Bagwell Promotions
Saint Patrick’s Day, while not a legal holiday in the United States, is nonetheless widely recognized and observed throughout the country as a celebration of Irish and Irish-American culture. Celebrations include prominent displays of the color green, religious observances, numerous parades, and lots of beer or other alcohol.
With the COVID-19 Crisis, celebrations this year will not have the crowded conditions of previous years. However, there are still opportunities for businesses to tie in a promotion. Plus, many individuals will celebrate at home or in much smaller gathering places.
We have placed on this page some of our most popular products. Keep in mind that almost any promo item in emerald green can have a custom imprint for St. Patrick’s Day.
Selected St. Patrick’s Day Promotions
Shamrock Shaped Promotional Products
It looks like it’s your lucky day with the shamrock-shaped stress reliever (left). Find your pot of gold at your next campaign with these promo items shaped like Shamrocks. Ideal for St. Patrick themed events, conventions, or trade shows. It can be customized with your name, logo, or message. We have over 200 promo items from key rings (shown right) to magnets and fans shaped like a Shamrock.
Green Cups or Mugs
Take any of our green stadium cups (shown left), mugs, or other drinkware, and add your own message for a St. Patrick’s Day gift. Please send us your art, or we can design something for your specific event. See also our line of beer steins and also our Green Irish Coffee Mug. Irish Tea and mug gift set is shown right.
More St. Patrick’s Day Promotions
Bagwell Promotions offers over 80 promotional items that light up and that have a St. Patrick’s Day theme. Most can include your logo or message. These are perfect to tie-in promotions for this event. What’s St. Patrick’s Day without a hat? Find a large selection of Green St. Patrick Day Hats (shown right) on our Website. Looking for more ideas? We have over 1,000 St Patrick themed promotional items here.
St. Patrick’s Day Decorations and Candy
Decorate your business with St. Patrick’s Day Kits or other decorations. We also have candy that is themed for your St. Patrick’s Day promotion. Chocolates, gold coins, and more can spruce up your St. Patrick’s Day Promotions. Easy online ordering from Bagwell Promotions.
Bernie The Bear Toy Sweepstakes, Giveaway, or Fundraiser
Our most popular promotion can be custom produced with a St. Patrick’s Day Theme. It comes with everything you need for a successful promotion, including the bear, a little red wagon, and an entry box and entry blanks. We’ll tie a green bow around Bernie’s neck and add a St. Patrick’s Day Hat. We also have toy-filled promotions for Easter, Summer Patriotic, Halloween, and Christmas.
St. Patrick’s Day Promotions
History of St. Patrick
Saint Patrick was a 5th-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. Much of what is known about Saint Patrick comes from the Declaration, allegedly written by Patrick himself. It is believed that he was born in the fourth century into a wealthy family. His father was a deacon, and his grandfather was a priest in the Christian church. According to the Declaration, at the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Gaelic Ireland, where he spent six years there working as a shepherd and that during this time he “found God.” The Declaration says that God told Patrick to flee to the coast, where a ship would be waiting to take him home. After making his way home, Patrick went on to become a priest.
According to tradition, Patrick returned to Ireland to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity. The Declaration says that he spent many years evangelizing in the northern half of Ireland and converted “thousands.” Patrick’s efforts against the druids were eventually turned into an allegory in which he drove “snakes” out of Ireland, even though snakes were not known to inhabit the region.
Tradition holds that he died on 17 March and was buried at Downpatrick. Over the following centuries, many legends grew up around Patrick, and he became Ireland’s foremost saint.
Today’s Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations have been greatly influenced by those developed among the Irish diaspora, especially in North America. Until the late 20th century, Saint Patrick’s Day was often a bigger celebration among the diaspora than in Ireland.
Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, Irish traditional music sessions, and green attire or shamrocks. There are also formal gatherings such as banquets and dances, although these were more common in the past. Saint Patrick’s Day parades began in North America in the 18th century but did not spread to Ireland until the 20th century. The participants generally include marching bands, the military, fire brigades, cultural organizations, charitable organizations, voluntary associations, youth groups, fraternities, etc. However, over time, many of the parades have become more akin to a carnival. More effort is made to use the Irish language, especially in Ireland, where the week of Saint Patrick’s Day is “Irish language week.”
Wearing of green
On Saint Patrick’s Day, it is customary to wear shamrocks, green clothing, or green accessories. Saint Patrick is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish. This story first appears in writing in 1726, though it may be older. In pagan Ireland, three was a significant number, and the Irish had many triple deities, which may have aided St Patrick in his evangelization efforts. Patricia Monaghan says there is no evidence that the shamrock was sacred to the pagan Irish.
The color green was further associated with Ireland when the Irish Catholic Confederation used the green harp flag. Green ribbons and shamrocks have been worn on St Patrick’s Day since at least the 1680s.[ The Friendly Brothers of St Patrick, an Irish fraternity founded in about 1750, adopted green as its color. However, when the Order of St. Patrick—an Anglo-Irish chivalric order—was founded in 1783, it adopted blue as its color, which led to blue being associated with St Patrick. During the 1790s, green would become associated with Irish nationalism due to its use by the United Irishmen.