The history behind St. Patrick’s Day

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The Shamrock — a staple cultural piece in Irish culture that represents faith, love and luck. (Photo/Free SVG) 

As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, Irish traditions spread worldwide, painting the day with shades of green and gold. The holiday commemorates Irish history and mythology through parades and religious gatherings. From cultural pieces like the shamrock to the leprechaun, St. Patrick’s Day utilizes memorable symbols to express their content. However, St. Patrick’s Day is more than a celebration; it reminds us of the Irish community’s hardships throughout history.

The special day is modeled after St. Patrick, a saint born in Britain during the fourth century. He was captured and enslaved by Irish raiders for six years before he was released and began to spread Christianity throughout Ireland. St. Patrick passed away March 17, so people use this day to celebrate his diffusion of the Christian faith with festivities and traditional green attire. 

St. Patrick’s day is a popular holiday with celebrations in more than 200 different countries. The holiday embeds unique traditions such as the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade that marches up fifth avenue and traditional drinks, such as Irish whiskey, in our hearts today. 

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