The story behind St. Patrick’s Day

The story behind St. Patricks Day

Nevaeh Thomas, Student Features Editor



Ah, St. Patrick’s Day, the famous holiday where everyone wears green or gets pinched. Although a lot of people enjoy this, often no one talks about the story behind it. At first, St. Patrick’s day was a religious holiday. That is, until Irish immigrants brought their traditions to the U.S., leading it to become a celebration of the Irish culture here.

The History of St. Patrick

Saint Patrick was a patron saint of Ireland. He was kidnapped and brought to Ireland to be a slave when he was 16 years old. But later on, he escaped and ended up back in Ireland. At this time, he was credited for bringing Christianity to Ireland’s people. After his death, there became a myth saying that people think Patrick explained the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit using a three leaved clover.

How it transformed from the Irish traditions to the U.S. traditions

Originally, St. Patrick’s Day was only celebrated in Ireland. Until local residents from the U.S joined for an Irish parade and feast. The first celebration in America was on March 17th, 1737. Ever since then St. Patrick’s Day was celebrated not only in Ireland, but also in the USA.