Student Author: Savannah Hubble

 

St. Patrick’s Day is an annual holiday celebrated by many on March 17.  It marks the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. 

 

Contrary to belief, St. Patrick wasn’t Irish; he was actually born in Roman, Britain. He was kidnapped and returned to Ireland to be a slave, which is where he turned to Christianity and began to dream of converting Irish people to Christianity. He soon escaped and later returned and brought Christianity with him. After spreading Christianity to Ireland, he died. It took centuries for stories and mythology surrounding him and his life to be brought back up. The best-known legend of St. Partick is his explanation of the Holy Trinity with the three leaves of a shamrock. The iconic leprechaun is stemmed from the saying “luck of the Irish” because a leprechaun is a sign of luck and good wishes. They were also known for their trickery, so they could protect their treasure. This is where the tradition of wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day so you don’t get pinched stems from; wearing green also is supposed to make you invisible to the leprechauns. It was believed if you didn’t wear green leprechauns could see you and pinch you.

 

It’s believed that, in 1601, the first St. Patrick’s Day parade was held, not in Ireland, but in the US. This was a way for the Irish to show their strength in numbers. Later on March 17, 1772, Irish soldiers marched in New York to honor St. Patrick. Today, the USA, Canada, and Brazil are the locations where St. Patrick’s Day is most commonly celebrated.