Updated: Jul 25
Happy St. Patrick’s Dayyyy! I hope you’re feeling lucky today🍀 I do not know about you, but I kind of got curious as to why we adapted this Irish tradition and always wear green. Well, if you are feeling up for a little history lesson keep reading!
You all know the infamous 17th of March; everyone gets all decked out in green, dogs are dressed up like leprechauns, the whole SHABANG and then some.
On St. Patrick’s Day we obviously are honoring Saint Patrick. He originated from Roman Britain, but was kidnapped and forced into slavery in Ireland at just 16 years. He was able to escape, but returned to Ireland and brought Christianity to the Irish. The reason why shamrocks are so famous is because if a myth that he taught the Holy Trinity using an Irish clover known as the shamrock. 🍀 DID YOU KNOW THAT the first St. Patty’s parade was not held in Ireland, instead it was held in NYC in 1762. I. The American army, the Irish soldiers marched through NYC with music, etc. This “parade” would go on and be revolutionized for the next 30 years. More immigrants from Ireland came to America and the Irish culture began to flourish in the United States. Bagpipes would also begin to make its way into parades. 🙌🏽😱
In 1845, the Great Potato Famine hit Ireland extremely hard leaving many Irish on the of starvation. This was the cause of millions of Irish immigrating to the United States. People in America did not accept their diverse ways of life, accents, and beliefs. 😤 Due to these differences, many of the Irish could not find jobs. Since America celebrated St. Patrick’s Day, the Irish felt a little more comfortable at first, but that would change. Since they were used to their way of celebration, Americans thought it was way more rowdy and violent.
Although they faced a ton of discrimination, they would go on to be one of the most important group of people in the political world. Since there were so many Irish, they could swing the political power for candidates. Due to this power, St. Patrick’s Day became a HUGEEEE event for political campaigning. This made these celebrations even more famous.
Today, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated all around the world. It started out religious, now it is a HUGE cultural celebration. In my opinion, I really think that everyone should be aware of the hardships that the Irish had to endure. St. Patrick’s Day is the holiday where we celebrate the Irish, but we also celebrate how America has become more accepting of other countries and cultures. I honestly look forward to see how we celebrate St. Patty’s Day 200 years later from today. It is my goal to make America more accepting just like we have with the Irish culture. Much love for you all who read this! Your continuous support is so meaningful. Have a lucky week 🍀 🇮🇪
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