The Origins of St. Patrick’s Day


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St. Patrick’s Day!

Saint Patrick’s Day is a holiday people don’t know much about, the origin is different than what it would seem to be.

St. Patrick’s Day is on March 17th, which is the traditional date of the death of Saint Patrick as it is a cultural and religious celebration.

St. Patrick’s Day commemorates the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and celebrates the Irish for their heritage and culture.

The original celebrations of St. Patrick’s Day were religious feasts and services.

Now, celebrations in Ireland have turned into public festivals and parades, céilithe, and wearing any green attire or shamrocks.

Céilithe is original Irish music, dances, cuisine, and more.

The leprechaun on St. Patrick’s day actually has no meaning towards the original origin of the day.

Leprechauns were added so more people would wear green.

As the folklore states that wearing green makes you invisible from leprechauns, so they can’t pinch you.

In schools kids will make traps so they can catch a leprechaun. Leprechauns are known to have gold coins on them from the end of a rainbow.

In the U.S. people don’t celebrate with parades and festivals, but they do wear green and make traps for leprechauns. Students at KHS celebrate St. Patrick’s Day too.

Sophomore, Kylee Kopek celebrates St. Patty’s Day in a typical way.

“I celebrate the day by wearing green and I eat corned beef,” Kopek exclaims.

Freshman, Neveah Pierce spends time with her family.

“My family has a big dinner and we all hangout and spend time together,” Pierce remarks.

St Patrick’s Day is a day to celebrate, so how are you celebrating?