St. Patrick's Day History and Drinking

St. Patrick's Day History and Drinking

by James W.          

St. Patrick’s Day has become a major event in our country, as well as a worldwide celebration. It mostly can be explained as an American- Irish holiday. Being a national holiday, there are massive parades and numerous parties.  On March 17, we celebrate this holiday and the symbols of this celebration are generally represented by the color green, three leaf clovers, leprechauns and some people drink alcoholic beverages.  What many may not realize, is that St. Patrick Day's historical purpose is religious, to recognize a patron Saint.

 The bases for St. Patrick’s Day, was a man named St. Patrick. He was born in Britain around 385 A.D. and had a normal life until he was kidnapped at the age of 16 and taken to Ireland as a slave. He converted to the Christian religion while enslaved.  He worked to herd sheep until he escaped at the age of twenty.  So from the day he escaped, he preached the word of God.  St. Patrick used the three leaf clover to explain the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).  March 16, 461 he died from natural causes.

Honestly, I don’t understand how alcohol fits into the St. Patrick's Day celebration; this message may affect teens in a negative way.  Teens view the commercials on TV, peer- pressure, and the internet saying that it is cool to consume alcohol and they wanted to fit in with this society.  People need to realize the true effects of alcohol.  Next time you’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, we need to remember the meaning of the shamrock and/or three leaf clove. Also, this holiday isn’t just for those of a particular  religious faith to celebrate, anyone can, it’s a national holiday!