St. Patrick s Day: Why Do Americans Celebrate It? In the U. S. , many Americans celebrate
St. Patrick s Day. PWhy? People in the U. S. immigrate from many countries. PThey bring their holidays with them. PIndian-Americans often celebrate Diwali, Muslim-Americans often celebrate Eid. St. Patrick s Day originated as an Irish Celebration of an early (someone who tries to his/her religion, in this case, Christianity). PThe myth that he drove the snakes out of Ireland referred to his conversion of the (non-Christians) to Christianity. PThe (or ) became associated with him because he used it to teach the, the Christian idea that God was three-in-one: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Over time, the holiday moved away from its religious roots and became associated with Irish pride. PIreland is a very green country, so people started wearing green on St.
Patrick s Day. P(In many schools, a child not wearing green on St. Patrick s day will be by his friends. ) PThe four-leaf-clover replaced the three-leafed-clover and became a symbol of luck rather than the trinity. PThere are often in cities with big Irish populations. If you are ever in the U. S. on St. Patrick s Day, look for a parade and go to a to try some green beer. PAlso, don t forget to wear green so you can avoid getting pinched! Erin Go Bragh!! (This comes from an Irish language phrase, yirinn go Brch, whichPexpresses loyaltyPto Ireland. ) If you want to read more, here is a site with more information: P Why Do We Celebrate St. Patricks Day? Fun St. Patricks Day Facts Irish Christians and Catholics celebrate St.
Patrick Feast Day on the 17th of March, the traditional death date of the first ever patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. Supposedly born in nearing the end of the fourth century, St. Patrick was captured and enslaved by pagans as a teenager and made to work as a shepherd in Ireland for six years. After escaping and returning to his family, he vowed he would one day return. Subsequently, he studied at monasteries in to become an ordained priest, then a bishop, and on his return to Ireland, he was commissioned as an apostle. He devoted his life establishing the Catholic Church in Ireland, and within 30 Pyears of baptising, confirming and ordaining priests, erecting schools and monasteries, old religions faded and the whole nation had been converted. Since his death believed to be in 461 AD the significance and stories of St.
Patrick became ingrained in Irish culture, and celebrations have evolved throughout the centuries. A public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, and Newfoundland and Labrador, St. Patricks Day entitles many to a day off work, to worship and spend time with family. Lented traditions are lifted on the day, allowing feasts to consist of indulgent food and alcohol, and the colour green is worn symbolising Irish culture and the beginning of spring. According to legend, the shamrock was utilised by St. Patrick to explain to the Irish the Holy Trinity, as each clover represented God as the Father, the Son or the Holy Spirit; therefore, it becamePthe official flower of Ireland and a symbol adorned and used as decoration in celebrations today.
In order to keep the tradition and heritage alive, the first recorded St. Patricks Day parade was held by Irish refugees in in 1737. This was followed by the copious amount of Irish soldiers present in in 1762, and celebrations in the US have been present ever since, due to the amount of immigrants. Now, those in Ireland and expats all over the world host and get involved with the tremendous celebrations; rivers in certain cities are temporarily dyed green, and over 13 million pints of Guinness are consumed over double of what is drank on a regular day! Parades, festivals, music, dancing, food, wearing green attire and drinking a lot of alcohol make St. Patricks Day the vibrant and exhilarating St. Patricks Day celebration it is today, accessible for everyone to enjoy.