Behind the Lucky Irish: St. Patrick’s Day


Most people don’t know anything about St. Patrick’s Day except to wear green so you don’t get pinched. But there’s more to it than that!

The History Network explains that St. Patrick’s Day is recognized on March 17 every year to honor the death of Saint Patrick, the patron Saint of Ireland. He was a Christian missionary who came to Ireland and is often depicted with a staff and a shamrock. Why the shamrock? Legends say that Saint Patrick taught the Irish about the Holy Trinity by using the three leaves of a shamrock!

This holiday allows people of Irish descent to celebrate their culture and traditions with food, music, dancing, and parades held all over the country. The History Network also explains that St. Patrick’s Day gained popularity in the United States because of the influx of Irish immigrants during the early to mid 1800s. This prompted the first St. Patrick’s Day parade to take place on March 17, 1762 in New York City.