St. Patrick’s Day Celebrates Irish Heritage

When you think of St. Patrick’s Day, you might think of corned beef and cabbage, leprechauns, shamrocks, and the color green. St. Patrick’s Day is a day celebrating the Patron Saint of Ireland, but the tradition of this holiday has changed into a day celebrating Ireland itself instead of St. Patrick. So, how do you celebrate this Irish day? Should people know why this holiday came about? Do you think St. Patrick’s history should be known to more people? Should it be taught in schools? A relative of Dimond sophomore Justice Johnson, Megan O’Connor, says,“If you have Irish in you, then I think you should know a little of its history.” Bruce Trengove, Johnson’s grandfather, has a different look on the learning of this holiday. “If you want to learn about it then you can, but I do not think it has to be in a lesson at school.” Megan Baumer, a sophomore, says, “there is no point to it,” referring to St. Patrick’s Day as a holiday. Brittany Johnson, a sophomore says, “it is not really important.” Gideon Crowell, a senior, enjoys this holiday and wears green to celebrate it. He says that no matter what kind of day it is, he is always happy because it is St. Patrick’s Day. Joe Orman says, “I love St. Patrick’s Day because it is a chance to celebrate tradition and the Irish heritage. I celebrate every year with the traditional meal of corned beef and cabbage. It has to slow cook for several hours, but it is worth it in the end.” Orman adds, “My favorite part of St. Patrick’s Day is the atmosphere. Everyone celebrating an Irish event. Even those who are not Irish celebrate it. My least favorite part is when all the corned beef and cabbage is gone.” O’Connor says she loves celebrating for the fact it gives her a remembrance of her father. She has always been in love with this day because of her Irish background on both sides of her family. Trengove never really had the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day in his family. He says it “never really caught my attention as a fun holiday.” Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated in many ways, but in whatever way you celebrate, as the Irish say, “May you live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live.”