St. Patrick's Day
I could almost guarantee that the first thing you think of when you hear "Saint Patrick's Day" is green. Maybe you also think of shamrocks, leprechauns, rainbows, and pots of gold. Regardless, the origin of the celebration of St. Patrick's day does not involve any of those things.
St. Patrick's day is a holiday celebrated in observance of Saint Patrick of Ireland, as one may be able to tell from the name. Originally it was only celebrated in Ireland, since St. Patrick is the country's patron saint. Since the majority of people in Ireland are Catholic, they would usually go to mass to celebrate this holiday along with a celebration afterwards.
Shockingly, Saint Patrick was not born in Ireland; he was actually kidnapped when he was 16 years old. He finally escaped, but later in his life he felt possessed to return there to preach the word of God. During his time there, there is one myth that is most prominent; some people believe that St. Patrick drove thousands of snakes out of Ireland one day. There are many different ways to interpret the snakes in the story, some of which are to think the snakes are symbols for demons, the devil, or evil itself.
St. Patrick's day now feels a little more different than it was in Ireland around the 800s. St. Patrick's day in America looks like something the Irish would probably take offense to: for example, the leprechauns and pots of gold. However, it is still a fun holiday to celebrate, so eat some Corn Beef and Cabbage and green desserts to your heart's content! Make sure to wear something green too so you don't get pinched on your way to school - as long as it's in dress code.
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