Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Every year on March 17th, there are celebrations all over the world to celebrate Saint Patrick, the most prominent saint of Ireland. On this day, people drink beer and wear green, but do you know why?
Traditionally, the day is meant to celebrate the fact that St. Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland, however, nowadays people mostly use it as a way to celebrate Ireland and Irish culture.
People also use it as an excuse to go out and drink with friends. The symbols for St. Patrick’s Day are: leprechauns, a pot of gold, a rainbow, and shamrocks, also known as clovers. This is why you may see a lot of decorations around with these images and they are based on stereotypical Irish culture. Because many people drink a lot on St. Patrick’s Day, in recent years people have complained that St. Patrick’s Day creates negative stereotypes about Irish people. So, be careful if you go out of others who drink too much, and be careful yourself to not drink too much as well. It is important to remember that Ireland is more than just beer and shamrocks.
There are many pubs in Vancouver that will be holding celebrations for St. Patrick’s Day this year with the most popular being the Blarney Stone. Why not head over there after school on Friday?