Ever since I was a kid, I saw these cartoons in March where characters would dress in green and hold this weird three-leaves plant. I never really got it until I decided to research it for this article, considering that St. Patrick’s Day is on March 17th and all.
The entire celebration is Irish, it is meant to celebrate Saint Patrick, who was basically responsible for converting Ireland into Christianity in the 5th century. The weird plant that I was talking about is the shamrock. Apparently it was used by Saint Patrick to explain the Holy Trinity to the Irish people back in the day.
As for the color green, it wasn’t the original color for the Feast of Saint Patrick. People used to celebrate this day by wearing blue until there was this fight between the Catholics and Protestants in Ireland where each side was represented by a color. The Protestants were represented by orange while the Catholics were represented by green. And since Saint Patrick himself was Catholic, the entire feast took on the color green. The choice of the color you wear on Saint Patrick’s Day, whether it be orange or green, symbolizes the continuing political struggle between Catholics and Protestants. Catholics would see the wearing of orange on this day as a sign of disrespect.
The form of Saint Patrick’s Day that I am most familiar with on the other hand is the one spread by the United States, where all people are supposed to wear green, decorate everything with shamrocks, march in or watch parades, drink, and party.
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By Laila Hamouda