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St. Patrick’s Day

st-patrickHow did St. Patrick’s Day begin?  The Irish first celebrated St. Patrick’s Day during the ninth and tenth centuries, and the day was originally celebrated in the United States in Boston, Massachusetts in 1737.  Now St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated every year on March 17th in many countries around the world.  It is considered a cultural and religious holiday, and it’s a time to celebrate Irish culture and traditions.

This holiday was named after Saint Patrick and the day marks the anniversary of his death.  It was made an official feast day by the Catholic Church.  What did St. Patrick do to become a saint?  Saint Patrick converted to Christianity and eventually became a bishop; he went to Ireland to share his faith with the people he loved.

Everyone can celebrate St. Patrick’s day, even if you are not Irish!  An excellent way to celebrate is to do something nice for another person on March 17th.  Also, try listening to some Irish or Irish-American music.  (Ms. Crow recommends The Fenians, The Irish Rovers, or U2.)  If you love to cook, surprise your family by making some Irish or Irish-American food.  You might want to try corned beef and cabbage, Irish soda bread, beef stew, or champ.  And of course, don’t forget to wear green!

By: Vanessa C., Melissa C., Emily E., and Ms. Crow

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