article by Daisy Downs and Hailey Kamenides
edited by Lance Paradis
This holiday on March 17 is a cultural and religious celebration. It celebrates the traditional death of Saint Patrick who was the foremost patron of Ireland. Saint Patrick ministered Christianity in Ireland during the 5th century. He was said to have died on March 17 in or around the year 493 BC.
This Irish culture is celebrated with parades, special foods, music, and dancing. Two major traditions for this day are green and shamrocks, the shamrock was chosen to be Ireland’s national emblem because of the legend that St. Patrick, the Trinity is the idea that God is really three in one: The father, The son, and The Holy Spirit. This has served as a religious holiday for over 5,000 years. Surprisingly, Saint Patrick was not even Irish!
This celebration with parades was originally started in America. The first record of a St. Patrick’s day parade was recorded in New York in 1762. Today it’s the largest and longest parade and close to 200,000 participants, and nearly 3,000,000 spectators. In conclusion there are many facts about each holiday that is celebrated, although you may not think of how other people see the holiday and celebrate it. Most people who aren’t Irish still wear green on this day and there is a tradition to pinch anyone who doesn’t wear green on St. Patrick’s day.