History of Saint Patrick’s Day

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“A leprechaun is small and green,

He hides where he cannot be seen.

But if you catch one on this day,

He must give his gold away!”

If that isn’t incentive to go out leprechaun hunting, I don’t know what is. And what is the best day for hunting leprechauns? Why St. Patrick’s Day, of course! I’ve found that leprechauns generally hide in small patches of four leaf clovers and if you ever hear someone say “top of the morning to ya” then they are probably a leprechaun in disguise.

We all know that leprechauns are Irish and that people like to pretend they are myths; but if they are myths where do they get the actors that play leprechauns on movies? Eh? Conclusion: leprechauns must be real. But here is the real question: do leprechauns have anything to do with St. Patrick’s day, or do we just associate them with the day because they are Irish?

Patrick was a missionary and bishop in Ireland in the 5th century. He obviously was quite holy because they ended up calling him Saint; otherwise we would have just had Patrick’s Day and that sounds like a stereotypical children’s book. Basically, Patrick tried to convert everyone in Ireland to Christianity and when he died on March 17th, everyone was so happy that he wouldn’t bother them anymore that they made it a holiday.

Many people complain that St. Patrick’s Day has become too commercialized and tacky. Since I’m not even Irish I really don’t have an opinion on it at all, since it really isn’t a holiday to celebrate a culture as much as it is to wear green and get Shamrock shakes. Besides, when you really think about what you are doing, it’s kind of creepy. A man died, so to celebrate the anniversary of his death you are dressing in the same color every year and decking yourself out in four leaf clover accessories and for some reason claiming you’re Irish even though 80% of the people wearing ‘Kiss Me I’m Irish’ shirts have no Irish in them whatsoever.

As for leprechauns, unless this Patrick guy was short they kind of have nothing to do with the holiday. But they are kind of cute and if you manage to get gold from one I imagine you’d be well off for the rest of your life.

So “may the luck of the Irish” be with you and have a “grand morning” and do whatever you do to celebrate this man’s death.

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