March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day, a day when we wear green and celebrate all things Irish! But this holiday, which is now known for parades and parties, actually is grounded in history. The first St. Patrick’s Day occurred more than 1,500 years ago in honor of Ireland’s patron saint, St. Patrick. The holiday has evolved over the years, especially with Irish immigrants bringing their traditions to America, to become the global celebration of Irish culture that we know and love today!
Now, we’re not Irish at Kong Vacation Homes, but one of our properties is named for St. Patrick! In November 2021, we added the Saint Patrick Palace to our portfolio, a majestic five-bedroom, six-bathroom estate in Davie, Florida, that accommodates up to 100 event guests and overnight stays for 16 to 18 people. With five acres of lush landscape, as well as a grand main residence and a charming guest cottage with deep green exteriors, we thought a name that brought Ireland to mind was fitting!
In fact, we think that the Saint Patrick Palace is very much like a four-leaf clover! Event venues that allow overnight stays can be as hard to find as that lucky leaf! Did you know that you have a chance of one in 10,000 of finding a four-leaf clover? Luckily for you, it’s much easier to find (and book) the Saint Patrick Palace! We have listings on Eventective , WeddingWire , and The Knot for event rentals, and Vrbo, Airbnb , and more for vacation rental stays!
While we wear green while celebrating St. Patrick’s Day today, it wasn’t always the color of the holiday – or Ireland! According to Smithsonian Magazine, Henry VIII, King of England, declared himself the King of Ireland in the 16th century and created a coat of arms for Ireland that was blue. As a result, artists of the time often depicted St. Patrick wearing blue.
The three-leaf shamrock, which also is associated with the teachings of St. Patrick, has been considered the unofficial flower of Ireland for centuries. But the Irish immigrants to the United States in the 18th century found no shamrocks growing here! When they celebrated their heritage on St. Patrick’s Day, they substituted the color green and images of the shamrock for the plant itself. And, over time, that green took the place of blue – and the shamrock became a symbol of St. Patrick’s Day!
As an homage to that history, the two colors we use in our marketing efforts for Saint Patrick Palace are shades found between blue and green. The Saint Patrick Palace logo also has references to St. Patrick and the traditions of the holiday.
Topping the Saint Patrick Palace’s logo is a miter, which is a pointed hat traditionally worn by bishops and is often seen in illustrations of St. Patrick. For our version, swirls that are reminiscent of the Kong Vacation Homes logo and the initials “S.P.P” decorate the hat. Also, if you look closely, you’ll see a shamrock in it!
We hope that you’ll visit the property’s website at www.saintpatrickpalace.com to learn more about this spectacular estate – your ideal venue for next year’s St. Patrick’s Day party! Until then, we hope you have a safe and Happy St. Patrick’s Day! And, don’t let any mischievous leprechauns keep you from calling us at (866) 498-3970 , emailing us at email@example.com , or following our social media at @saintpatrickpalace.com.