St. Patrick’s Day: the day the world goes green

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By: Julie Giyer
Kern Valley Sun

The Irish culture has paved the way for many great stories and traditions. Children are told tales of fairies, 4-leaf clover magic, mythological monsters, and everyone’s favorite, the leprechaun. That chance to see if you can find the leprechauns pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Or see fairies flying around the trees in the woods. A world full of imagination and wonder.

St. Patrick’s Day, where the world goes green, is one of the biggest celebrations for a saint throughout the year. It is a day of parades and parties, green beer, corned beef, cabbage, and potatoes. It has become a tradition for not only the Irish, but for everyone around the world, mainly because of the alcohol and partying. Bars will put green dye in the drinks, people wearing shirts with “Kiss me I’m Irish.” Its origins are said to come from the Blarney Stone, which people kiss for good luck.

While it is more partying and fun for the non-Irish crowd, it is a celebrated holiday for the Irish folk. St. Patrick, the patron Saint of Ireland, was a 5th-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. God told Patrick to flee to the coast, where a ship would be waiting to take him home. After making his way home, Patrick went on to become a priest. According to Irish tradition, Patrick returned to Ireland to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity. The Declaration says that he spent many years evangelizing in the northern half of Ireland and converted “thousands.” Patrick’s efforts against the druids were ultimately turned into an allegory in which he drove “snakes” out of Ireland, despite the fact that snakes were not known to inhabit the region.

Why wear green? Wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day is hypothetically supposed to prevent you from getting pinched by a leprechaun, whom are tricky mythical fairies in Irish folklore who like to pinch anyone in sight. However, legend says that wearing green makes you invisible to these feisty creatures

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