History of St. Patrick’s Day

James Borowicz, Staff Writer

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Origins of St. Patrick’s Day

Saint Patrick is the saint of Ireland. He was born in Roman Britain but was kidnapped and taken to Ireland to be a slave at the age of 16. St. Patrick escaped some time later, but he would return to Ireland with the teachings of Christianity. People believe that St. Patrick would go onto die on March 17 467. Now people around the world celebrate the death of St. Patrick.

Celebrations around the United States

Irish patriotism would grow in the Americas around the 1800’s. Societies like the Sons of Saint Patrick and the Hibernian Society would hold annual parades each featuring bagpipes, an instrument heard in a lot of Irish folk music. In 1848, in New York, Irish Aid societies decided to merge all of the parades, and it soon became the biggest civilian parade in the United States. Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Savannah all have parades with anywhere between 10,000 and 20,000 participants a year. None of those parades come close to the participants in New York, which is about 3 million participants a year.

 

Celebrations around the world  

   Today all different types of people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. For example, the holiday is really popular in the United States, Canada, and Australia. Although St. Patrick’s Day isn’t as popular as it is in North America it is still celebrated in Japan, Singapore, and Russia. In modern-day Ireland, the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day is huge with approximately 1 million people traveling to Ireland to take part in the multi-day celebration in Dublin.

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