The St. Patty's Hoorah
By Catherine Hien
Lion's Roar Staff
The whole idea of luck has always freaked me out. There is no logically or legit science to it: so why do people take it so seriously? As snow starts to melt and the sun starts to poke out, we know March is rolling in. Not only does March bring in the early stages of spring, it comes with St. Patrick’s Day.
Although I am quite Irish, I have never learned about the history behind St. Patrick’s Day and where all the random concepts are bred from. After tirelessly researching the topic, I discovered that St. Patrick’s Day is globally celebrated for the Irish culture.
According to the History Channel, “Saint Patrick, who lived during the fifth century, is the patron saint of Ireland and its national apostle. Born in Roman Britain, he was kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave at the age of 16. He later escaped, but returned to Ireland and was credited with bringing Christianity to its people” (Amanda Onion, writer).
Basically, this day is celebrated to uplift the Irish people and to remember the legacy St. Patrick left behind. Now that is out of the way, where does luck play into this?
Luck is usually associated with leprechauns and pots of gold. You know - with the rainbow at the end of it. Where leprechauns play into this holiday is during the ole folktales, with the mystical Irish fairies. Now, leprechauns are the face of St. Patrick's Day, and quite literally for the country of Ireland.
With the arrival of Christianity into Ireland, the Irish find joy in celebrating the remembrance of St. Patrick. For over a thousand years, the holiday has been celebrated. Parades, festivals and get-togethers are just a few ways people find to commemorate.
Traditionally, people flip their rooms upside down looking for green to wear on March, 17th. Green comes from the Emerald Isle and the landscapes in Ireland. However, studies prove that the original color associated with Ireland is in fact blue. When Henry the VIII claimed the throne in Ireland, the flag was actually blue.
How Americans came to celebrate the holiday is something that makes perfect sense. For instance, as more Irish immigrants came to the U.S, wearing green and carrying Ireland flags became symbolic for their heritage.
Growing up in Lincoln, Rhode Island, on March 17th, I have experienced some pretty cool traditions in school. I recall my preschool teaching putting green dye in the school toilet and staging a leprechaun coming into our classroom the night before. Experiencing this really broadened the holiday for me. Another event I remember is in elementary school when my teacher brought us into the field to find four-leaf clovers. Disappointingly, no one in my class could find any.
A sense of pride fills the air on the day of St. Patrick’s Day. With the unfortunate circumstances of COVID-19 affecting the holiday once again. To properly celebrate, Dublin’s St. Patrick celebration is going virtual. For the second time in a row, Dublin is familiar with what they are heading into. The festival is operating from March 12th to March 17th, 2021 on TV. What’s in store is artists and a marching band. Organizers are desperately trying to discover ways to bring the same spirit and joy for the public.
Although there is not any common sense needed for the peculiar traditions, I can recognize the significance of St. Patrick’s Day. A day to remember and live in Irish culture is where the pride kicks in.