What Is St. Patrick’s Day?

Morgan Dyke, Reporter

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         St. Patrick’s day is a global celebration of Irish culture that takes place on march 17th. It remembers St.Patrick, one of Ireland’s patron saints, who ministered Christianity in fifteenth century Ireland. The most well-known of Patrick’s illustrations is the shamrock, a certain type of clover sacred to the Druids, which he used as a symbol of the Trinity.

         In the United States, the first St. Patrick’s Day parade was held in New York on March 17, 1762. It consisted largely of Irish soldiers. Today, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by wearing green, which symbolizes spring as well as Irish culture. Parties featuring Irish food and drinks that are dyed in green food color are part of this celebration. It is a time when children can have sweets and adults can enjoy a pint of beer at a local pub. Many restaurants and pubs even offer special Irish food or drink.Chicago, Illinois has biggest St. Patrick’s day parade followed by New York.

In Ireland they celebrate a little more conserved than us Americans as it is more of a religious holiday to them. They did not start really celebrating like the U.S until the 1980s when pubs started opening on the holiday. Since them many of the Irish have adapted the American celebration of the holiday with the green everything, parades, and other festivities.