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CHS Junior - Student Columnist
By Stephanie Madden

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Irish Celebration

“May luck be our companion, May friends stand by our side, May history remind us all, Of Ireland’s faith and pride. May God bless us with happiness, May love and faith abide.” A good Saint Patrick’s day blessing for everyone, and here’s hoping that everyone is in working order a few days after Saint Patrick’s day. Last Friday was PI day, 4/16, for all our math enthusiasts, thanks to Ms. Trunk for that one. I’m not sure how you would celebrate a math inspired day, but it sounds like one wild party.

Talking about wild parties, Saint Patrick’s Day really was supposed to be celebrated on the 14th this year due to Holy Week falling on the Monday in Ireland, but if you celebrated on Monday, many back in Ireland were with you. A lot of people decided to stick to the old ways and have a good night on Monday, not keen on changing tradition. As well as a lot of people believing they’re Irish for a few hours on Monday night, a great thing comes out of this celebration and that is the unity of people sharing their culture with the world. With that I have accumulated some helpful Saint Patrick’s Day practices to keep in your closet for next year.

My first piece of advice is to be aware that leprechauns really do not exist. Dressing up like one will get a lot of laughs and amuse the kids, but don’t waste too much time looking for a pot of gold. The number one question I always get is, “Are leprechauns real?” I have to admit, of all the years I have spent in Ireland, I have never witnessed a real life leprechaun. For anyone who has never heard of these mythical creatures, a leprechaun is a little man who dresses in green, makes shoes for a living, and plays tricks on people, and if you can manage to catch one, you win a pot of gold! If you ever see one and manage to keep a hold of him, don’t look away, because if you do, he’ll disappear and you’ll never get your pot of gold! I wouldn’t hold my breath though, they’re about as common as four leaf clovers...

As for the day itself, take a bit of time to know what Saint Patrick’s Day is actually about, believe it or not the day is to honor a Saint. Saint Patrick is credited for driving the snakes out of Ireland, the snakes being a symbol of evil that he drove out. He was given a day because he was a missionary who was charitable, therefore scoring points with the Catholic church and winning a spot on the calendar. On the other side, it is a celebration of a culture and lifestyle and a peoples struggle. Everyone’s supposedly Irish on Saint Patrick’s Day, which somewhat means it is one day of cultural acceptance. Huge celebrations across the globe are a great testament to how the whole world comes together for one night.

Enough with the serious though, I hope everyone had a great Saint Patrick’s Day and goes on to love the Irish every day of the week. I give a big thumbs up to cultural awareness and hope that everyone knows just a little bit more about their Irish brothers and sisters out there. “Go mbeannai Dia duit” (May God Bless You).

 

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