On March 17th, the Irish gather to honor their most famous patron saint, Saint Patrick. Born in 387A.D., Saint Patrick is revered for converting the Celtic pagans of Ireland into Christians. The shamrock, a symbol for this day, was reportedly used as a metaphor to explain the notion of the holy trinity to the people of Ireland. St. Patrick’s Day is a national holiday in Ireland, as well as Newfoundland and Montserrat; an island in the West Indies. Additionally, St. Patrick’s Day is observed in many other countries as a celebration of the Irish culture.
From green costumes and wigs, to green beer and sweets, the streets and pubs are teeming with the color that has become synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day. In Chicago, the city goes so far as to dye the river green with 40 pounds of vegetable dye. Initially, blue was the color of St. Patrick’s day but this gradually changed as the shamrock became a prevalent symbol of the holiday.
In Ireland, many people attend church services in addition to the grand parades and festivals that are held, some lasting for many days. Lent prohibitions are temporarily lifted and the people enjoy traditional feasts and their wo...