Sunday, March 18, 2012

St. Paddy's Day

Hey Everyone! Each year, people around the world celebrate St. Patrick's Day on March 17th. The day celebrates Saint Patrick of Ireland and Irish culture. It started as a feast day to celebrate the Saint but has evolved into celebrating Irish culture and customs world wide. St. Patrick's Day is a public holiday in Ireland, but in other places like the United States is celebrated through parties and wearing green. Why must everyone wear green on St. Patrick's Day? Well originally the color associated with Saint Patrick was blue. Yet as his recognition grew, he became linked with the shamrock, a green four leaf clover. Now, people wear green to honor him and his shamrock.
Currently in the United States, this event is not a public holiday anywhere. However, it is still greatly celebrated through parades, parties, and religious observances. It is used to celebrate Irish American culture, though everyone celebrates even if they are not Irish. St. Patrick's Day has been celebrated in the United States since the late eighteenth century, even before the American Revolution.

When St. Patrick's Day falls on a school day, everyone comes to school wearing green! However, this year it was on a Saturday. This didn't stop anyone from wearing green though! It's always a tradition no matter what day it falls on.

How do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day? Let me know in the comments!


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