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Humorous history: st. patrick’s day and why it’s celebrated

Saya Iki, Reporter

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Despite popular assumptions, Saint Patrick’s Day isn’t all about wearing green and adorning four leaf clovers over everyday items. The leprechaun-centric holiday actually has an incredibly rich history, dating back to 1631. The Church had a feast day in honor of Saint Patrick, sometimes referred to as the “Patron Saint of Ireland”.

 

Legend has it that Saint Patrick was captured and shipped to Ireland, where he was sold as a slave. Contrary to popular myth, there were no snakes in Ireland at the time Patrick was said to have banished them.

 

It is also said to be such a big party holiday because the bans and restrictions of eating meat and drinking set by the church and for personal reasons were lifted on March 17 during Lent.

 

A more Americanized tradition is turning everything you eat and drink green, whether by food coloring or natural properties. Anything from beer to macaroni and cheese can be turned festive.

 

The modern day leprechaun is derived from Irish mythology as fairies. The mythical beings clad in green are also said to have inhabited Ireland before anything else. Leprechauns are often associated with riches and wealth which is where all the pots of gold come from.

 

Unsurprisingly, Ireland takes the holiday extremely seriously from huge parades to over the top festivals. So while you eat your dyed corned beef and cabbage, just remember that we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day because of an old, non-Irish Christian priest and because people love partying, and parades.

 

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