Happy St. Patrick’s Day! March 17th

According to World Book Online…

“Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17th. That date is the feast day of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Saint Patrick was a missionary to Ireland in the A.D. 400’s. He converted the Irish to Christianity. St. Patrick’s Day is a national holiday in Ireland. It also is celebrated outside of Ireland in cities with a large number of people of Irish descent.

In Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is primarily a religious holiday. People honor Saint Patrick by attending special religious services. They also enjoy family and community gatherings. They celebrate by wearing shamrocks. According to legend, Saint Patrick used a shamrock to explain the idea of the Trinity to the Irish (see Shamrock).

In the United States, St. Patrick’s Day is primarily a secular (nonreligious) holiday. Many people wear green clothing. They also hold parties and march in parades. The first St. Patrick’s Day celebration in what is now the United States was held in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1737. Today, more than 100 U.S. cities hold parades. The St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York City, New York, is the largest.”

Do you wear green on St. Patrick’s Day? I still do! It makes me feel part of the celebration. Are you wearing green on Friday, March 17th? Please leave me a comment on your St. Patrick’s Day tradition. In addition, stop by the SUHI Library to write down your favorite book on a lucky shamrock. Spread the love of Reading!

Lucky,
Mrs. Brown

Contributor:
Robert J. Myers, M.A., Author, Celebrations, The Complete Book of American Holidays.
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8 thoughts on “Happy St. Patrick’s Day! March 17th

  1. Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17th. Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Saint Patrick was a missionary to Ireland in the A.D. 400’s who converted the Irish to Christianity. In Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is primarily a religious holiday.
    However, in America, it is a non religious holiday. People in America wear green clothing or accessories. People in Ireland honor Saint Patrick by attending special religious services. They gather as a family and as a community. They wear wear shamrocks and legend has it that Saint Patrick used a shamrock to explain the idea of the Trinity to the Irish. The Trinity to the Irish was when Patrick used the three leaves of a shamrock to explain the holy trinity, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.——–Anahi Valdes Period 4

  2. From what I believe, Saint Patrick’s Day is a celebratory event that is associated with the color green, only because it represents the shamrock which is a plant that is most cherished on this day. From other point of views, I have heard that the color green is meant to symbolize the religious tradition of Ireland.
    I also believe there are other colors involved with this event, which consists of white, orange and green, just because those are the 3 colors of the Irish flag. I feel that they should continue to wear these colors on Saint Patrick’s day because it has been apart of the tradition for many years and it should remain that way.

  3. In America, Americans celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as a non-religious holiday, but rather a celebration to embrace Irish-American culture. People wear green on this holiday because its tradition and a way to get into the spirit. However, in Ireland St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated a little bit differently. St. Patrick’s Day is considered a religious holiday that has significant meaning to Catholics and protestants. On St Patrick’s Day it is customary to wear shamrocks and/or green clothing because St Patrick is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish. In pagan Ireland, three was a significant number and the Irish had many triple deities, a fact that may have aided St Patrick in his evangelistic efforts. The color green has been associated with Ireland since at least the 1640s, when the green harp flag was used by the Irish Catholic Confederation. Green ribbons and shamrocks have been worn on St Patrick’s Day since at least the 1680s.
    The wearing of the ‘St Patrick’s Day Cross’ was also a popular custom in Ireland until the early 20th century. These were a Celtic Christian cross made of paper that was “covered with silk or ribbon of different colors, and a bunch or rosette of green silk in the center”. Also in Ireland if you are Protestant you wear orange and if you are Catholic you wear green. Overall, St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday celebrated by everyone religious, or non-religious, and its a day of celebration and social gatherings so people can come together and enjoy time among themselves and get into the spirit.

  4. Here in Sweetwater Highschool, it is most evident that students come dressed up in green on St. Patrick’s Day due to the fear of getting pinched by their friends and to show their participation and spirit for national holidays. On a wider scale, America celebrates St. Patrick’s Day to acknowledge the Irish culture by attending parties, parades, and other festivals.
    On the other hand in Ireland, March 17th is celebrated as a religious holiday; St. Patrick was a Saint that devoted his life to Christianity and inspires many still today. Similarly, the Irish hold many festivals and feasts and even hold the shamrock as a symbol for the Holy Trinity. Traditionally, the green represents the Catholics of Ireland, the orange represents the Protestant population, and the white in the middle symbolizes the peace between the two religions.

  5. From what I know St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated every March 17th by people in the U.S. and in Ireland. In the U.S people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as tradition. In Ireland people celebrate it as a religious holiday, in honor to Saint Patrick. They wear shamrocks, they do some family and community gatherings as well as attending religious services. From what I understand St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by many people around the world, but in different ways.

  6. I celebrate Saint Patrick’s day by wearing green like most people do in America. However, I’m still new to this holiday after reading Mrs.Brown’s paragraph of how people in New York celebrate Saint Patrick’s day in parades. I wish to know more of how people celebrate Saint Patrick’s day in their way.

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