Enter the exciting history of Saint Patrick’s Day

Helena Buli, Editor-in-Chief Reflections Yearbook

St. Patrick died on March 17, 461 AD. That’s what started the birth of Saint Patrick’s day, though it evolved over the centuries. His real name isn’t Saint Patrick, it’s Maewyn Succat, and it is believed that he changed it upon becoming a priest. Saint Patrick is not really Irish, in fact, he’s Scottish. He was born in the year 375 AD. His parents were named Calpurnis and Conchessa. His parents were Romans living in Britain. When St. Patrick was 16 years old, he was kidnapped by pirates and taken to Ireland to work as a slave, his job was to herd sheep. He was held for six years as a slave.
A Catholic church established a Feast day to honor Saint Patrick. e had been a patron saint who died around the 5th century, 12 centuries before it started to evolve into the modern St. Patrick’s day that we celebrate today.

When you think of St. Patrick’s day, you normally think of a green, energetic leprechaun. Some may think the myth is like a midget troll, but it’s actually known as a fairy. Sadly, there aren’t any female leprechauns in the myth. Leprechauns are a part of the Tuatha De Danann, translated to ‘ Tribe of Danu’. Danu is a goddess in Irish mythology. She is the mother of the earth, the gods, fertility, wisdom, and wind. Leprechauns are very skilled in magic, which explains why a human gets three wishes if they capture a leprechaun, in exchange for the leprechaun’s freedom.

European law protects leprechauns, who they say live in caverns on a mountain called Carlington mountain. You would think that leprechauns would live on land, it’s not like they have amphibian lungs, right? Well, some accounts say that there is possibly another kind of leprechaun, which probably originates from the story of the King of Ulster, who woke up on a beach, and leprechauns were attempting to heave him into their underground lair. A lot of people believe that leprechauns are cruel, greedy, and not very forgiving. Though, there is a legend where a unlucky nobleman presented a leprechaun a ride on his horse, then returned to his ancient disintegrated castle, where it was filled to the brim with gold.

Some celebrate St. Patrick’s day almost like Thanksgiving or Easter, by having traditional foods. Most people who eat special Irish foods on St. Patrick’s day eat food like corned beef, bacon and cabbage, coddle, and colcannon. Those are only a small portion of the varieties of food that people eat on St. Patrick’s day, that probably include normal foods for the average joes.

Another popular event is Saint Patrick’s day parades. Savannah, Georgia  has the largest and the oldest parade in history. Some people state that it has the best parade in the states because it has abounding Irish roots. Once, Savannah attempted to color its river green in 1961. Now in the modern age they just stick to coloring their fountains, not their river.