The Meaning Of St. Patrick’s Day

Why St. Patrick's Day is a holiday

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The Meaning Of St. Patrick’s Day

Brooke Silon, Contributor

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The Meaning of St. Patrick’s Day


Those who are Irish, know St. Patrick’s Day well. March 17 is the day we celebrate being Irish by wearing the color green, eating traditional Irish dishes such as Irish Soda Bread and corned beef and Cabbage, going to town parades and festivals, Irish step dancing while listening to traditional Irish music. St. Patrick’s Day is truly a day of fun to enjoy time and traditions with our families. But have you ever wondered about who he was and where he came from?

St. Patrick was born in the 5th Century in Great Britain. As a teenager, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken to Ireland to be a slave. During his time as a slave, he realized his true calling, to become a man of god. He eventually escaped and became a priest. Years later, he returned to Ireland and introduced the Irish to Christianity. He would use the three leaf shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to his parishioners. The shamrock is a symbol of luck. It is said that March 17 is the day St. Patrick died.

People wear green on St. Patrick’s Day because supposedly leprechauns can’t see the color green which means they can’t pinch you. If they pinch you, that means that you are not wearing the color green. When St. Patrick’s Day was first celebrated leprechauns actually didn’t wear green they wore red.

What’s great about St. Patrick’s Day is that it is a holiday for everyone. Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, so put on something green and start making your own special St. Patrick’s Day memories!


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