What is St. Patrick’s Day and why do we celebrate it?


A traditional Irish dish of corned beef and cabbage. Photo courtesy: Kaleigh Porcu, March, 17, 2021

Kaleigh Porcu and Jocelyn Gonzalez

An Irish restaurant with the colors of the flag of Ireland. Photo courtesy: Kaleigh Porcu, March 17, 2021

     St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated every year on March 17th. This day commemorates Saint Patrick, after being kidnapped at the age of sixteen and taken to Ireland as a slave, the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and to celebrate the heritage and culture of the Irish. Some of these celebrations include public parades and festivals, wearing green attire or shamrocks, and céilís which means, “a traditional Scottish or Irish social gathering.” Apart from just the green color, the day is also marked with gold and luck! On St Patrick’s Day, there is a lot of Irish food that people eat. These foods include corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, and Irish soda bread. When Irish immigrants came to America, they were too poor to afford the high price of pork and bacon products. Instead, they turned to beef brisket as the meat which was paired with cabbage because it was the cheapest vegetable available to the Irish immigrants. Later, this event in history made an impact in the world which we now call St Patrick’s Day.





A St. Patricks day decoration of a 4 leaf clover. Photo courtesy: Kaleigh Porcu, March 17, 2021
A St. Patrick’s day decoration used as a centerpiece. Photo courtesy: Kaleigh Porcu, March 17, 2021