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Why Do People Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

Every year on March 17, parades are thrown and shades of green fill the streets, but for what reason? St Patrick’s Day is celebrated all over the world, especially by Irish descent. Most people will dye foods green and wear green-colored clothes. Most Irish communities will host parades or parties to celebrate the well-known holiday. The first St Patricks Day in the U.S. was held in Boston in 1737. Many celebrate it, but very few know the reasons why. As stated in Timeanddate.com, “St Patrick is one of the patron saints of Ireland. He grew up in Roman Britain, but was captured by Irish raiders and taken to Ireland as a slave when he was a young adult. After some years he returned to his family and entered the church, like his father and grandfather before him. He later returned to Ireland as a missionary and worked in the north and west of the country”. So what did St Patrick do that was so memorable one might ask? According to Timeanddate.com, legend has it that, “St Patrick rid Ireland of snakes. However, it is thought that there have been no snakes in Ireland since the last ice age. The “snakes” that St Patrick banished from Ireland, may refer to the druids or pagan worshipers of snake or serpent gods”.

The popular and most common symbolization for St Patrick’s Day is the shamrock. It symbolizes the Holy Trinity, and how St Patrick used the idea of the shamrock to describe it. When the English began to take Irish land and make laws against their practice of Catholicism during the 1798 Irish Rebellion, wearing the shamrock became a symbol of Irish nationalism, according to History.com. St Patrick’s Day has been celebrated since the beginning of 21st century and continues to be celebrated to this day.

Sources:

https://www.ajc.com/news/local/what-shamrock-and-what-does-have-with-patrick-day/IzROLdfn4dvKB6cKWPr3XK/

https://www.history.com/topics/st-patricks-day/st-patricks-day-symbols-and-traditions

https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/common/st-patrick-day

Parades are thrown and shades of green fill the streets.