What is the real meaning of St. Patrick’s day?



Sarah Y., Editor

St. Patrick’s Day comes on March 17, but does one know what the real meaning of St. Patrick’s Day is? The traditional name of the holiday is the Feast of Saint Patrick. The day is about Saint Patrick. Saint Patrick was taken by Irish pirates when he was young. He eventually made his way back to Britain, where he was from, to become a minister. After becoming a priest, Saint Patrick become a missionary to Ireland where he tried to convert the Irish to Christianity. Saint Patrick was able to convert many people in the years he was in Ireland. Sadly, on March 17, Saint Patrick died and was laid to rest in a small city in Ireland, Downpatrick.

After that, people kept his memory alive by creating a holiday in his honor. Some of the traditions we have for St. Patrick’s Day are things Saint Patrick used to preach to the Irish. For example, Many people claim that Saint Patrick would use the shamrock to signify and explain to the Irish the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the Holy Trinity according to https://news.nationalgeographic.com.

St. Patrick’s Day is known for its green theme, but the original color of the holiday was blue! This was due to the uniforms that the Irish military would wear as well as the previous Irish flag.

Before St. Patrick’s Day was paganized, it was a Catholic holiday meant for feasting and attending mass. It was originally called the Feast of Saint Patrick. People get the day off work, and they would be able to go to mass. After the mass was done, the people would gather together and feast as a family.

After the holiday was turned into what it is today, most people just know St. Patrick’s Day for its high amounts of alcohol, parades throughout the cities and wearing green. Although there are still the occasional mass services held for St. Patrick’s Day, it is not as religious of a holiday as it was originally intended to be. Back in the day, the Irish pubs would be closed in observance of the holiday; now, pubs are usually packed full of people.

Holidays have changed over the years. Halloween has changed, Easter has changed, even Christmas has changed from what it used to be. Change is not bad, but it is interesting to look back to see what those holidays were like back in older times.

To read more about how Halloween has changed over the years, go to the Panorama‘s Features page and it can be found there.

To learn more about how St. Patrick’s Day has changed, go to https://news.nationalgeographic.com