St. Patrick’s Day Celebrates the Irish Culture

Nick Huffman

St. Patrick’s Day is a global celebration and celebrates the Irish culture on or around March 17th. It remembers St Patrick, who is one of Ireland’s patron saints. St Patrick’s Day is celebrated in countries with people of the Irish descent.

How St. Patrick’s Day Came to be

It was immigrants, particularly in the United States, who transformed St Patrick’s Day into a largely secular holiday of revelry and celebration of the Irish culture. Cities with the largest number of Irish immigrants staged the most extensive celebrations, which included elaborate parades. Boston, Massachusetts held its first St Patrick’s Day parade in 1737, followed by New York city twenty-five years later. Ever since 1962, Chicago has colored its river green to mark the holiday.    

About St Patrick’s Day

St Patrick is one of Ireland’s patron saints and many Americans with irish  ancestry remember him on March 17th. St Patrick’s day is fixed on March 17th but may occasionally be moved by the Catholic Church authorities. This happened in 1940, so that the celebrations would not fall on Palm Sunday. This also happened in 2008 to avoid Holy Monday, the last Monday before Easter Sunday. 

St. Patrick’s Day Symbols

The most common and known symbol on St Patrick’s Day is a shamrock. As many people know, the shamrock is the leaf of a clover plant and a symbol of the Holy Trinity, which some people do not know. Other symbols include, almost anything green, the green, orange and white flag of the Republic of Ireland, and brands of beer associated with the Irish culture. Religious symbols include snakes and serpents. Other symbols seen on St Patrick’s day include the harp (which was used in Ireland for centuries), as well as the leprechaun and a pot of gold that it hides.

What’s Opened or Closed

St Patrick’s Day is not a federal holiday in the United States. Schools, businesses and organizations are open as usual. Public Transport systems still run on their normal schedules. Although there may be some local disruption to traffic due to St. Patrick’s Day parades. This is particularly true in cities with a large Irish-American population, including New York, New Orleans and Seattle. The parades may be on or around March 17, so it is a good idea to check local sources for the exact location, date and time

Although not a federal holiday in the US, St Patrick’s Day is a well known holiday and celebrates the Irish culture and everything green.