St. Patrick’s Day


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Aster H., Co-editor

     Every spring, the world begins its rejuvenation with new life, new beginnings, and new hope. It also brings holidays for the new year, such as Lunar New Year, Valentine’s Day, and Easter. But for the month of March, these holidays include Mardi Gras, Holi, and — perhaps most notably — St. Patrick’s Day.

     St. Patrick’s Day originates from Ireland, and it is a day created to celebrate the accomplishments of Saint Patrick. It’s celebrated annually on March 17th, the anniversary of his death day, and has been for over a thousand year. Saint Patrick was the patron saint of Ireland in the 5th century, and he’s credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. The most well-known legend of St. Patrick is of how he explained the Holy Trinity with a shamrock, Ireland’s native clover.

     Today, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in the U.S., despite Irish immigrants having to fight racial and religious discrimination in the early days of the their arrival here. It was first celebrated in the 9th or 10th century in Ireland, and the first parade in its honor took place in 1601, in a Spanish colony to be known as St. Augustine, Florida. Now, St. Patrick’s Day parades are common-place in the U.S., and wearing green is another tradition.

     Holidays in America originate in countries around the world, and the culture of America has been influenced by the immigrants that come from cultures from around the world as well. Now, St. Patrick’s Day might be associated with leprechauns and four-leaf clovers, but its origins are just as interesting as the rest of the celebrations!