The History of St. Patrick’s Day

Traya Bence, Writer

            St. Patrick’s Day is a very fun and colorful holiday. The holiday is celebrated on March 17th, every year. The iconic symbol of St. Patrick’s Day is the shamrock, which is a four leaf clover or a three leaf clover and each leaf of the clover has a meaning: hope, faith, and love, but if you find a four leaf clover (which is very rare) you get luck. According to Encyclopedia Britannica “St. Patrick, patriot saint of Ireland. Born in Roman Britain in the late 4th century, he was kidnapped at the age of 16 and taken to Ireland as a slave. He escaped but returned about 432 to convert the Irish to Christianity” they also stated “By the time of his death on March 17, 461, he had established monasteries, churches, and schools. St. Patrick’s Day was originally celebrated just in Ireland but part of the Irish came to America. For example, “It was emigrants, particularly to the United States, who transformed St. Patrick’s Day into a largely secular holiday of revelry and celebration of things Irish”. Now St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in many states in many waysFor example, Encyclopedia Britannica stated “Cities with large numbers of Irish immigrants, who often wielded political power, staged the most extensive celebrations, which included elaborate parades. Boston held its first St. Patrick’s Day parade in 1737, followed by New York City in 1762. Since 1962 Chicago has colored its river green to mark the holiday”. Many people have different ways to celebrate the holiday, some people through parties, have a family dinner or go to one of the many parades. Also many people who celebrate St. Patrick’s Day think that green has always been the original color but blue was actually the first color that was associated with St. Patrick’s Day.