St. Patrick’s Day Celebrated in Katy

St. Patrick’s Day Celebrated in Katy

Rachel Bregnard, Editor in Chief

On March 17th, members of the greater Houston and Katy area gather together in order to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

The holiday originated during the fifth century when Saint Patrick, the patron of Ireland, brought Christianity to its citizens. Following his sudden death, legends regarding the saint’s accomplishments became increasingly prevalent within Irish culture and the nation decided to dedicate a day in remembrance of his legacy. While the citizens of Ireland continued to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, the holiday was virtually unknown in America until the 1700’s when Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched to honor the patron saint. Enthusiasm for  the holiday only grew when Irish immigrants hosted the first official New York St. Patrick’s Day parade in 1848 and the celebration quickly developed into an annual event. Today, St. Patrick’s Day traditions are heavily ingrained in American culture and the holiday itself has developed into one of the most celebrated days across the nation.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, numerous St. Patrick’s Day events were postponed till further notice. However, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate the holiday by yourself. The infamous food blog, The Girl on Bloor, offers 17 healthy recipes to commemorate the holiday. Each recipe provides easy to follow instructions for new cooks while also offering festive twists on classic Irish dishes. Meanwhile, the website Crafty Morning provides several Irish themed arts and crafts projects for the whole family to enjoy. With the aid of the parents, children of all ages can learn how to create detailed paper mâché leprechaun hats or simply enjoy themselves while coloring pictures of four-leaf clovers.