All About St. Patrick’s Day

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Toby Meyer (Senior), Editor-in-Chief

Very few holidays have been transformed like St. Patrick’s Day has. An Irish holiday that has been celebrated for more than a millennium in Ireland, it is celebrated with things like certain foods, drinks and wearing green.

This year St. Patrick’s Day falls on Thursday, March 17, 2022. The tradition was brought to the U.S. among other places by Irish immigrants where it morphed into the modern-day tradition it’s become.

“We always eat corn beef each St. Patrick’s Day in celebration in of our Irish heritage,” said senior Peyton Komrska.

The tradition of the shamrocks dates all the way back to the 1700s. In Irish iconography the shamrock symbolizes “the rebirth of spring.” Shamrocks are a trefoil plant and were worn by less fortunate Irish citizens at church ceremonies on St. Patrick’s Day in order to look the part. St. Patrick himself is said to have used a shamrock to explain the concept of Christianity of the holy trinity.

Irish food such as corned beef, cabbage, and soda bread and among some of the popular foods eaten to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

“Corn beef and potatoes are my favorite St. Patrick’s Day foods to eat,” said senior Peyton Komrska.

Music such as Irish, both modern and the traditional folk variety is often played live on St. Patrick’s Day to celebrate the holiday. A “céilí” is an Irish social gathering focused on dancing to traditional Irish music. St. Patrick’s Day is a chance for Irish musical instruments to shine. These instruments include the bodhrán, which is a special drum, the Celtic harp, the fiddle, and uilleann pipes, which are played similarly to Scottish bagpipes just in the softer tone. You can hear all of these instruments in the spotlight being played at a céilí.

“I actually like [Irish music]. That and New Finland music. It gets my Irish blood going, I feel really green and gold,” said senior Peyton Komrska.

Parades are also a common way many choose to celebrate. Parades celebrate the diffusion of Irish people and culture across the whole world, specifically in Japan. America’s first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in Boston in 1760, according to Time. Major U.S. cities like New York and Chicago hold St. Patrick’s Day parades. Chicago is also known for its green dyeing of the Chicago River.

“I think it’s cool that Chicago is built on Irish families so, it’s cool to see their lineage being honored,” said Chicago native and senior Peyton Komrska.