Saint Patrick’s Day 2016

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Saint Patrick’s Day is an official Christian feast day. It is know by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion, the East Orthodox Church, and the Lutheran Church. It commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. Saint Patrick’s day is celebrated on March 17th, and is traditionally associated with the color green, or Shamrocks. Saint Patrick’s Day began as a religious holiday, but is now celebrated widely because of Irish Americans. This holiday has very odd traditions, such as Chicago Illinois dyeing the river green in celebration.

New York City hosted the first Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in 1762.  Saint Patrick’s Day is also associated with Leprechauns, which are known for wearing a lot of green. Leprechauns are also known for having beards, usually some sort of shamrock somewhere on their hats, and are known for trying to find a pot of gold. This holiday is popular in Massachusetts, because on this day in 1776, the British had retreated from Boston, which allowed the United States to form the American Government.

Our society is extremely diverse nowadays. We are celebrating a tradition that began in another country over 1500 years ago. This shows that we are very open to immigration, and it shows that we can change as a nation. This holiday is not just a regular holiday, it has meaning. It shows that America is a nation that accepts anyone and everyone, along with their traditions. We brought their traditions here, and are still celebrating them today, and will continue to celebrate for many years to come.

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