Day O’ Green

Reported by Giselle Ruiz

Saint Patrick’s Day, also known as the feast of Saint Patrick, is a religious and cultural holiday celebrated on March 17th, which is believed to be the date of Saint Patrick’s death. He is considered the foremost patron saint of Ireland.

Originally, this day was celebrated with religious feasts and services, but it became a secular part of Irish culture when it reached the United States through Irish immigrants. St. Patrick was born in Roman Britain in the late 4th century and was kidnapped at the age of 16 and taken to Ireland as a slave. He managed to escape but later returned to Ireland around 432 CE to convert the Irish to Christianity.

By the time he died on March 17th, 461, he had established many monasteries, churches, and schools. Numerous legends were created around him, including one that says he drove the snakes out of Ireland and used the shamrock to explain the Trinity. Cities with large populations of Irish immigrants often hold elaborate celebrations for St. Patrick’s Day, including lively parades.

San Antonio even dyed our famous rivers green this weekend.

Wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day is tied to the tradition that you must wear green to make yourself invisible to leprechauns, who are known to pinch anyone they see. Some people believe that wearing green will bring them good luck, while others wear it to honor their Irish ancestry. Leprechauns are associated with the holiday because of Irish folklore tales that claim that they guard their treasures, including their pot of gold, under a rainbow.

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