Do You Know What You’re Celebrating When You Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Whether you’re Irish or not, you’re probably getting ready for St. Patrick’s Day. In light of Covid-19, this year’s celebration might be a little different but people all around the world are still wearing green and eating corned beef for dinner. However, most of the time, people don’t really know what they’re celebrating. Here’s the story behind St. Patrick’s Day and why we all celebrate.

Who Was St. Patrick and Why Does He Need Celebrating?

As the “St.” indicates, Patrick is recognized as a religious saint. In fact, he is the patron saint of Ireland. St. Patrick was born in Britain in the late fourth century, enslaved and kidnapped at the age of 16, and taken to Ireland.


While in Ireland, he escaped slavery and began converting the Irish to Christianity. By the time he died on March 17, 461, he had established several monasteries, churches, and schools.


One of the most popular legends about St. Patrick is that he drove the snakes out of Ireland. As the story goes, St. Patrick was in the midst of a 40-day fast when snakes started attacking him. He chased the slithery serpents to the sea, and this allegedly removed all the snakes from Ireland.


Another legend about St. Patrick is that he used the shamrock to teach the Irish about the Holy Trinity. Although it’s hard to say what exactly did or did not happen during St. Patrick’s time in Ireland, one thing is for certain—he deserves a celebration.

How Did St. Patrick’s Day Begin?

St. Patrick’s Day was created by Irish immigrants—particularly in the US—to celebrate their ancestral country’s heritage. This was particularly noticeable in cities with large Irish immigrant populations such as Boston. As Irish immigrants started playing a more active role in city government, St. Patrick’s Day parades started happening.


Boston hosted its first (and the very first) St. Patrick’s Day parade in 1737. New York was the second city to have a parade for this special day in 1762. Many other cities have since followed suit and created their own St. Pat’s traditions. For example, Chicago has colored the Chicago River green since 1962.


In cities and towns around the US, people of all nationalities are Irish for a day. With a number of ways to celebrate, it’s easy to get excited about this holiday. For the fashionistas, wear some green (or, the original color for the holiday, blue) with some shamrocks. Foodies can drink green beer and eat corned beef and cabbage. For people who love people, find your nearest parade and huddle together with hundreds of your closest friends.

Ready to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in St. Joe?

In St. Joseph, we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. (We are, after all, the home of Lafayette’s Fighting Irish.) To make the most out of your celebration, check out our parade and then treat yourself to some corned beef and cabbage at the Hi-Ho.

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