What is St. Patrick’s Day?

Noah Horner, Leopard Life Staff Writer

St. Patrickʻs Day comes on March 17, 2020. It is also a celebration of Irish culture.  While there are many traditions, one important rule is to wear green or orange. 

“I know that on St. Patrickʻs day if you don’t wear green you get pinched,” said Kailey Littlefield, 8.

When you go more in depth on St. Patrick’s day, you learn what the colors represent and why the day exists. The colors green and orange are supposed to signify two religions;  green represents the Catholic and orange represents Protestant. Protestantism is a branch of Christianity saying any other source than the Bible is not true, and all is necessary for salvation in Jesus. Catholics follow the pope who is the head of the catholic church. Christianity lets you accept or reject lessons in the Bible.

“I know that St. Patrick’s day originated in Ireland,” said Mackenzie Metzger, 8.

When you go into the history of St. Patrickʻs day, you find out St. Patrick was kidnapped at the age of 16 and taken to Ireland as a slave. He eventually escaped in the year 432 to convert Irish people to Christianity. When he died on March 17, 461 he had established multiple churches, monasteries, and schools. Many stories told about him. One story is how he made the snakes leave Ireland or how he explained the Holy Trinity with a shamrock.

“ My favorite thing about St. Patricks day is all the traditions we do,” said Mark Massey 8.

People everywhere celebrate St. Patrickʻs day. By wearing green, we keep the memory of St. Patrick alive. The final and most important rule is to pinch someone not wearing green or orange because they shame St. Patrick’s day.