The following article was submitted by a student reporter in Mrs. Clark’s Communications Class at Sacred Heart Academy in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.
St. Patrick's Day
By Lindsey Reid
St. Patrick’s Day is an important holiday on the Irish calendar. On March 17 every year many people around the world hold parades and feasts to celebrate St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Was St. Patrick really Irish? No, St. Patrick was born in Britain and then he was kidnapped at the age of sixteen and sold to an Irish sheep farmer. Because of his good deeds, St. Patrick became the patron saint of Ireland around the 7th century. St. Patrick's Day has been going on since the 9th century and was originally celebrated with prayers and a feast. Later on parades in Boston were held on March 17 because some thought it would help Irish soldiers serving in war reconnect with their country.
Why is St. Patrick's Day represented by the color green? When St. Patrick's Day was first established in the 1780s, the color blue was chosen. It wasn’t until the 19th century when green started being used for the Irish color and St. Patrick's Day. No one really knows where the idea of wearing green keeps you from being pinched comes from. Some people think it originated in the United States in which a pinch might give a person a green bruise; others think that it came from an Irish myth which says wearing green can make you invisible to leprechauns. The Irish believe that four leaf clovers represent hope, faith, love, and happiness. Some Irish families celebrate the day with a meal of corn beef and cabbage. The Irish in Ireland prefer celebrating the holiday by eating bacon or lamb.