The History of St. Patrick’s Day

Have you ever wondered how this holiday came about?


Elena Kielelani Chamberlain, Contributor

You most likely know St. Patrick’s Day as the day of four leaf clovers and little leprechauns, but do you know the real history behind it? It is celebrated on March 17th every year all around the world, meant for appreciating Irish culture and history. But even before this it was actually for the remembrance of St. Patrick’s death, who lived all the way back in the 5th century. He didn’t have the best childhood. states that he was taken from his birthplace in Roman Britain and taken to Ireland to be a slave at just 16. He was known for bringing Christianity to Ireland after he escaped then returned, which turned into a really big thing there. also says that “On St. Patrick’s Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon.”

This holiday was a big deal in Ireland, they would eat traditional foods like Irish bacon and cabbage, along with dancing. Although Lenton did prohibit this, they still did it; “Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were waived and people would dance, drink and feast–on the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage.” All and all, this holiday has a long history of celebration and fun along with the rich culture of the Irish people.

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