March 2023 American Life: 1980s St. Patrick’s Day
Hello! Thank you for stopping by.
It is still a little cold at night and in the morning but spring is right around the corner. Recently, daytime temperatures have been warming up just as we have been closing out the year. Spring is upon us.
In March many English speaking countries of the world celebrate a holiday called St. Patrick’s Day. Today I want to talk a little bit about what this holiday was like when I was in Elementary school. I can only speak for America but quite a few Americans have Irish heritage so this is a somewhat popular holiday in the US.
1980s Philadelphia elementary schools, St. Patrick's Day celebrations were a fun and festive way for students to learn about and celebrate Irish culture and heritage. St. Patrick's Day is a holiday that originated in Ireland and is celebrated on March 17th. It is named after Saint Patrick, who is the patron saint of Ireland. The holiday has since become a celebration of Irish culture and heritage. It is a festival to celebrate the arrival of Christianity in Ireland.
In Philadelphia elementary schools and schools across America, St. Patrick's Day celebrations often included wearing green clothing, decorating the classroom with shamrocks, and participating in festive activities related to Irish culture. Students also learned about Irish folklore, music, dance, and food, as well as the history and significance of the holiday. We also tried to hunt for the mythical Leprechaun. Leprechauns are very small fairy type of characters that are said to know where gold is. It is also said that if you catch a Leprechaun he will tell you where you can find gold. I have memories of running around outside trying to hunt for a Leprechaun. Unfortunately we never found one. I wonder why??
Overall, St. Patrick's Day celebrations in 1980s Philadelphia elementary schools were a way for students to learn about and appreciate Irish culture while having fun and enjoying the holiday spirit. Unlike Christmas and Halloween I don’t think much has changed related to St. Patrick’s Day. It is just a fun day to wear green, chase after Leprechauns and celebrate with friends and family!
Make sure to try to catch a Leprechaun on March 17th! Good luck!