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St. Patrick's Day Traditions and Celebrations

St. Patrick’s day is an Irish holiday that is celebrated annually on March 17th. St. Patrick’s day has religious roots symbolizing the rise of Christianity in Ireland and has existed for over a thousand years. This holiday is celebrated with parades and festivals, feasts and traditional symbols, such as shamrock, leprechauns, color green, harp, gold, drinks and corned beef or bacon and cabbage.



The main symbol that is associated with St. Patrick’s day is shamrock. Shamrock has multiple meanings behind it. One of the meanings is the rebirth of spring; whereas, another meaning is the representation of the Holy Trinity in Christianity. As centuries went by, shamrock became one of the national symbols and is worn with pride by Irish people.


Another symbol of st. Patrick’s day is leprechauns. Leprechauns are mythical creatures that come from Celtic beliefs. Interestingly, leprechauns are also celebrated separately on May 13th; however, people still include them as a symbol on St. Patrick’s day.


Irish harp is also widely used in the celebration of St. Patrick’s day and has its own deeper meaning. Harp has been used as a symbol of Irish pride, resistance, sovereignty and union for many centuries. This symbol is adored and honored by many people in Ireland and serves as an official emblem of Ireland.


It is celebrated in many many countries, including Ireland, Scotland, UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Argentina, Japan, Russia, and many more! Through its rich and long history, St. Patrick’s day has spread around the world, where many people of different cultures and origins come together to celebrate this holiday.


Reference

History.com Editors. “St. Patrick’s Day Traditions .” HISTORY, A&E Television Networks, 24 Feb. 2023, https://www.history.com/topics/st-patricks-day/st-patricks-day-symbols-and-traditions.


“Countries That Celebrate St. Patrick's Day 2023.” Countries That Celebrate St. Patrick's Day 2023, World Population Review, https://worldpopulationreview.com/country-rankings/how-many-countries-celebrate-st-patricks-day.




By Alina Myakota

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