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St. Patrick`s Day

Samuel Holbrook

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St. Patrick`s Day takes place every year on March 17, and this year it takes place on a Friday. What began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland has become an international festival celebrating Irish culture with parades, dancing, special foods and a whole lot of green.

While trying to convert the Irish into Christians, St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the holy trinity with each leaf representing the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The three leaves of a shamrock are also said to stand for faith, hope, and love. The fourth leaf is supposed to represent luck.

St. Patrick’s revelers thought wearing green made one invisible to leprechauns, fairy creatures who would pinch anyone they could see (anyone not wearing green). People began pinching those who didn’t wear green as a reminder that leprechauns would sneak up and pinch green-abstainers, and that is where all of the pinching came from.

There are many movies made for St. Patrick’s Day: The Luck of the Irish, The Red Clover, and My Wild Irish Rose. There are many ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Most people just wear green but some people go crazy with it. New York City has the record for the biggest St. Patrick`s Day parade. It’s the most populous U.S. city, so it comes as no surprise that the Big Apple takes the cake on for hosting the country’s largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration even though only about 5 percent of its 8 million people are of Irish descent. The parade is only one part of the big celebration for the Irish themed weekend in Chicago the city is famous for dyeing the river an event whose participants add dye to the Chicago River to temporarily turn it green.

With nearly one quarter of its population claiming Irish ancestry the “Southie” parade named for its location in South Boston is one of the main events for St. Patrick`s Day. There are many ways to celebrate St. Patrick`s day you just have to be creative and just have fun. Oh and don`t forget to wear green.

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St. Patrick`s Day