St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick's Day

Moises Garcia, staff writer

Many know the very green holiday of St. Patrick’s Day, but does everyone know the traditions?

Back in 1737, the Charitable Irish Society (CIS) organized the holiday’s first celebration. The CIS was formed to help Irish immigrants settle into Boston, their new home, by offering housing help, financial aid and employment opportunities. Its purpose was to celebrate the Irish culture that the colonies were separated from. It was celebrated yearly, and eventually, in 1762, parades began to take place. The custom of having parades on St. Patrick’s Day began when an Irish group of soldiers marched down Broadway. Interestingly this is where the tradition of having the military march in the parades began.

Parades are a huge part of St. Patrick’s Day which also includes other traditions such as incorporations of green and getting pinched. It also a custom to dye water or beer green for the special event. Even the water fountain at the White House is dyed green.

Besides all the noisy celebrations, St. Patrick’s Day is also celebrated in a religious context which usually involves a feast. Another peaceful tradition is pea planting. This is largely due to the color and prime pea-planting conditions.

Along with wearing green comes the tradition of getting pinched. The pinching actually is an American tradition that started in the 1700s. All the revelers believed that wearing green would make them invisible to leprechaun, who would pinch anyone they could see. Although we are not leprechauns, pinching one another is just a reminder to watch out for the leprechauns.