ST. PATRICK’S DAY: A Cultural Perspective

The story behind the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day or St. Paddy’s Day originated from St. Patrick, the Patron saint of Ireland. He was born in the late 4th Century, in Roman Britain. At age of 16, he was taken to Ireland and became a slave. After he escaped he convert the Irish to Christianity. He died on March 17, 461 after establishing monasteries, churches, and schools. Ireland came to celebrate his day with religious services and feasts. There is a lot of legends about him about droving a snake out of Ireland and using the shamrock to explain the Trinity.

The celebration was adopted by US citizens by the influence of Irish emigrants who transformed St. Patrick’s Day into a largely secular holiday of revelry and celebration. Different places started to adopt the celebration depending on the number of Irish immigrants. And did you know that the original color associated with the event is blue, but green is now the color that represents the day? In Boston, they celebrated their first parade in 1737, followed by New York City in 1762, Chicago colored its river with green since 1962. And Georgia, particularly in Savannah has been celebrating since 1824, but originally the festive began in 1813 when a small group of Hibernians marched in the Savannah Streets. 

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Georgia goes to green from North to South every 17th of March. Savannah always prepared a massive  St. Patrick’s Day parade with green beer and shamrock swag.

The leaves of the four-leaf clover symbolize luck for the Irish people. And for superstitious people, if you found a four-leaf clover, you can give it to someone to double your luck. St. Paddy’s Celebration can give hope, faith, love, and luck.

The celebration of St. Patrick can also be associated with a perspective in where this event originated because of Irish migration. But before that, the legends and history of St. Paddys also took place in where people moved out from one place to another because of slavery, war, famine, political instability, or ethnic cleansing. According to open library, it also emphasizes how migration was affected by culture and vis-a-vis. St. Patrick was also taken to Ireland because of slavery and from that legendary story, it became one of the most celebrated events in the US because of Irish migration. 

One of the things that people take into consideration in selling or buying a property is the culture or how they celebrate things. Cultural migration can also affect the relationship within the area, it can influence or shape a society. As this celebration evolved into parades, meaningful and fruitful events can give hope to people. Moving in and moving out in one place is necessary for cultural improvement and for the betterment of our society. Exchanging culture and catering differences across places can make our lives meaningful. We move from one place to another to look forward for a fresh start and cling to the hope of the future.

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