Read this article about the origin of St. Patrick’s Day. Write a 200-300 (word count is fluid…this is just something to aim for) word post about this article. You can write an overview or you can focus in on one aspect. Perhaps you have a family memory or tradition that ties into the article.
St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17. It is usually characterized by wearing green and drinking. It’s not actually about wearing green and drinking. St. Patrick’s Day is about celebrating St. Patrick, who brought Christianity to Ireland. It is said that Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Trinity to the Irish. St. Patrick’s Day is widely celebrated in Ireland, the United States, Great Britain, Canada, among other places. Originally, St. Patrick was associated with the color blue, but over the years green and its association with St. Patrick grew.
Many people have parades for St. Patrick’s Day. Ireland’s first St. Patrick’s Day Festival was in 1996. In 1997 the festival became a three day event, in 2000 it became a four day event, and by 2006 the festival was five days long. In 2009, more than 675,000 people attended the festival. The shortest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the world is in Dripsey, Cork. The parade lasts 100 yards and travels between the village’s two pubs. Other parades occur in Trafalgar Square in London, Tokyo, Montreal, and San Francisco.