Teen Report: St. Patrick's Day

March 17 is Saint Patrick's Day. The date will have everyone wearing green so they don't get pinched, and you'll see a lot of four leaf clovers, shamrocks, and maybe some lucky leprechauns.

Garret Sullivan says, "Yeah, it's to celebrate Irish pride. The whole Irish nation is just bursting out and wanting to be Irish."

Though originally a Catholic holiday, St. Patrick’s Day has evolved into more of a secular day.

Erin Obernier says, "St. Patrick’s Day is a day to celebrate, not really celebrate, but commemorate the death of the patriot saint of Ireland. St. Patrick, he is pretty much credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland and the day he died, everyday that year they have a big feast and parade and just party and celebrate."

So who can celebrate it?

Erin Obernier adds, "Anybody can celebrate it. I mean, it's found all around the world you don't have to be Irish to wear green."

Although anybody can celebrate St. Patrick's Day, some feel that many take advantage of the holiday.

Erin Obernier says, "Yes, most of the college students and some high school students probably love to get drunk on the holiday, but it's not about that. It's about celebrating the life of the patriot saint of Christianity in Ireland, so it's not about getting drunk, but people do take advantage of it."

St. Patrick's Day was first celebrated in America in 1737. Years later it's still going strong. St. Patrick’s Day revelers are reminded to temper their celebrations and keep it safe. Law enforcement will also be increasing patrols.


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