Do you hate getting pinched while walking to class, eating with friends, or even doing homework? Don’t forget to wear green on March 17th to avoid getting pinched by your family and friends. And while St. Patrick's Day has become a holiday that evokes thoughts of shamrocks, leprechauns, and wearing green to avoid pinches, the origin of the holiday is far removed from the current celebrations.
Today, Saint Patrick’s Day is associated with everything Irish: wearing green, shamrocks, and luck. For those who celebrate its intended meaning, St. Patrick’s is a traditional day for spiritual renewal. It is believed to be celebrated on March 17th because this was the day that Saint Patrick passed away. Saint Patrick’s Day became a national holiday in America after being started by Irish Americans.
In American cities with large Irish populations, Saint Patrick’s is an important day. Many families celebrate with parades, wearing green, drinking green beer, and fun activities for the children. There is more information on the links below if you would like to know more about it. Happy Saint Patrick’s Day and don’t forget to wear green!
Moss, Kenneth. "St. Patrick's Day Celebrations and the Formation of Irish-American Identity, 1845-1875." Journal of Social History 29.1 (1995): 125-148. Web. 8 March 2015.
McNamee, Gregory. "St. Patrick's Day: Why It's Important." Encyclopedia Britannica Blog. Britannica.com, 17 March 2008. Web. 8 March 2015.
Mac Carthaigh, Criostoir. "The Wearing Of The Green: A History Of St Patrick's Day." Folklore 1 (2006): 118. Literature Resource Center. Web. 16 Mar. 2015.