Saint Patrick’s Day

By Timothy Penglase, Class of 2012

Everyone knows St. Patrick’s Day as the day of binge drinking and sweets-consuming for the Irish people.  Falling on March 17th every year, this holiday has been soiled by the stereotypical assumption that all Irish people are drunk 24/7.  Falling aside from the crowd are the Irish people who weren’t supposedly born with a bottle full of Guinness.  These people celebrate the holiday for the real meaning.

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in the honor of St. Patrick himself.  One explanation of why the holiday is on March 17 is that was his supposed death date.  It is a day for thinking about loved ones across the water, not the pint you can get at your local pub!

The reason green is the color is not very well known. The green is representative of the catholic side of Ireland.  You see, way back in the day, Ireland was separated by religion.  The “green side” is where the Catholics resided, and the “orange side” is where the Protestants lived.  If you see a pattern, than bravo! you guessed it: the two colors are the two main colors in the Irish flag.  The white, however, is completely different.  It represents those who were neutral and composed more of the descendants of the Celts.  Common knowledge should tell you that “saint” is a more catholic term than a protestant one, which is why the main color for St. Patrick’s Day is green.  Well, there you go: some interesting facts about the holiday of the saint.  Have a glorious day, laddie!

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4 Comments to “Saint Patrick’s Day”

  1. Finally.. someone who doesn’t go off writing about how it’s all about drinking 😀

  2. thank you – finally the response i was looking for

  3. Hi Timothy,

    I really like the idea of the Celts being represented on our flag but actually the Irish government decreed that the white is representative of peace between the catholic and protestant religious factions.

    Is mise le meas,

    Jasper MacCoillaidh

  4. I didn’t know that I went by what I read on Wikipedia, but then again never trust Wikipedia right. I want to learn more about my culture and your comment sparked me to learn more. Thank you.

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