The Holiday Behind St. Patrick’s Day

by Doug

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Saint Patrick’s Day is an Irish Dublin cultural and religious holiday celebrated on March 17th. The tradition first came about during the instigation of the Knights of St. Patrick. The feast day of Saint Patrick appealed to both Roman Catholic and Irish Protestant traditions in Ireland.

The modern day Saint Patrick’s Day usually starts out with the attendance of church services wearing green attire and the lifting of Lenten restrictions.

In Ireland Saint Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland. This holiday is not only celebrated in Ireland but is also widely celebrated across the world in places like Great Britain, Canada, United States, Argentina, Australia, and New Zealand, among others. Over the years Saint Patrick’s Day has become one of the most popular holidays and is still growing.

In Argentina a parade is celebrated in downtown Buenos Aires to celebrate the feast day of Saint Patrick’s Day. The reason why the Argentinians have a historic tie to Ireland is because one of Argentina’s forefathers, Admiral William Brown, who was born in Foxford in 1777, commanded a squadron of seven ships on Saint Patrick’s Day in 1841.  He then captured the fort of Martin Garcia, called “The Gibraltar of the La Plata”.

Saint Patrick’s Day in the United States first starts it celebration with a traditional parade from Irish performers who march in New York City in the honor of celebrating the feast day of Saint Patrick’s Day. The rest of the day is followed by the constant celebration in the streets. The reason why Saint Patrick’s Day is so widely celebrated in the U.S is because there is such a high amount of Irish immigrants and those of Irish descent throughout the country.

Why are Leprechauns and Shamrocks so important to this holiday? The reason for this is because the, shamrock was chosen as Ireland’s national emblem. The legend started by St. Patrick  illustrated the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. The Holy Trinity is the idea that God is really three-in-one: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. Leprechauns are a mystical creatures that have human like characteristics but this theme of tiny men was created for the mind of the child it is said if one of these Leprechauns is caught that they will have to give you their pot of gold as a reward for catching them.

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