St. Patty’s, it’s More Than Clovers

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Tiyanna Harris '20, REporter

    Accordions, lederhosen, tap dancing, and all things green are what most people associate with the Irish celebration that is Saint Patrick’s Day. Though, yes these are components of Lá Fhéile Pádraig, behind that is a compelling story treasured by many.

   The patron of Ireland, Patrick is credited as successfully establishing Christianity in Ireland. Funny thing is, he was born in Britain by the name of Maewyn Succat.

    He was kidnapped at age 16 and was forced to be a slave whose work was to be a shepherd in Ireland. Six years later he escaped and then returning home he is said to have a dream from God to preach the gospel. For the next 16 years he lived in a cenobium. In this cenobium, or monastery, he spent much of his time prepping to do missionary work.

    After becoming a priest, Maewyn would later change his name to Patricius. The Latin name Patricius meaning nobleman, adopted after Patricius himself; however, it didn’t quite end there because he later changed it to the short and sweet Patrick.

   Distinctly, the U.S. turned the celebratory holiday into a profound secular holiday, making it more suitable for people from all walks of life, including non-Christians.The mass migration of Irish peoples to different sectors of the world correlates with the potato famine that struck Ireland in Sept. of 1835.

    While on the topic of differentiation, the previous traditional color for St. Patrick’s day was blue. Green was later adopted as a token color for the celebratory feast.

    Whether Irish or not all are welcome to participate in the celebration of the profound patron of Ireland.