The Irish immigrants brought the celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day to the United States in the early 1800’s. It is the day they honor their beloved patron saint, St. Patrick, for his amazing contributions to the people of Ireland.
Today, people of different cultures, religions and many nations join in the festivities on March 17. There is a saying that “Everyone is Irish” on Saint Patrick’s Day! On this day you might catch a parade marching down the street, the sound of bagpipes filling the air, sit down to a dinner of corned beef and cabbage or notice that everyone is wearing green!
Shamrocks are an important symbol of St. Patrick’s Day. It is said that Patrick used the “little clover” to explain the Trinity to the Irish. The tradition of pinning a shamrock to one’s clothing began in 1681 and is carried on today in Ireland and all over the world. Another popular symbol attached to St. Patrick’s Day is the leprechaun. Dressed in green, he is a wee little man in Irish folklore that hides his gold in pots at the end of a rainbow. Also on this day, parade marchers might carry shillelaghs as the walk along to the rhythm of the Irish music.
So find something green to wear, slice a piece of Irish soda bread, enjoy a bowl of Irish stew, make some green Jell-O and gather with friends to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day! Remember, you don’t need to be Irish!