Irish you a happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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It is probably that at least once in your life, you have gotten pinched for not wearing green on St. Patrick’s day. Every March 17th we celebrate this Irish holiday, by dressing up as leprechauns and wearing shamrocks, all while being drenched in the color green.
However, many people are unaware of how this day came to be. Saint Patrick was born in Ireland and during the fifth century, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and brought to Ireland, as a slave. During this time, he worked as a shepherd and turned to his religion for safety. He later on escaped in hopes of converting the Irish to Christianity; he used what is now known as a shamrock, to represent the three parts in the Holy Trinity, and created monasteries, churches, and schools.
Since then, March 17th has been known as St. Patrick’s day, where we host annual parades around the world, including the one in New York, London, and Australia. Savannah, Georgia hosts a four-day parade celebrating St. Patrick’s Day as well, with over 400,000 people! Chicago also contributes to this holiday by dyeing the Chicago River green, in honor of this popular holiday. People also celebrate by drinking Ireland’s most famous drink, Guinness. Ways to commemorate this Irish holiday include, adding green to your wardrobe, virtually attending one of the many St. Patrick’s Day parades, or enjoying shamrock inspired drinks.
Savannah Ritter was excited to share her experiences, “In elementary school, my teacher used to “mess up” the classroom with confetti, streamers, and glitter and say that a leprechaun came to the classroom.”
Sainabou Foon also said that on St. Patrick’s day, “My family and I make cookies and cupcakes and decorate them green.” This holiday is celebrated throughout all ages and is a fun way to toast the Irish tradition.

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