Saint Patrick’s Day was this past weekend, and while I enjoyed the excuse to spend all day with my friends watching the parade and walking around in…

Saint Patrick’s Day was this past weekend, and while I enjoyed the excuse to spend all day with my friends watching the parade and walking around in head-to-toe green, I began to wonder why we even have St. Patrick’s Day. My background knowledge on it comes from church – St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, he performed a miracle, and his feast day is March 17. But St. Patrick is a pretty minor saint in Catholicism, and his feast day isn’t that big of a deal, so how did that translate into the entire US turning “Irish” for one day? As far as I know, St. Patrick’s Day isn’t that big of a deal in Ireland itself, which only contributes to my confusion. Not hating on the holiday, I love wearing green and Shamrock Shakes, just saying, it doesn’t make sense to me why it exists.
– Ben

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