By Albert Wright
Saint Patrick’s Day is a nationwide holiday that celebrates Ireland being introduced into Catholicism. Most celebrations involve parades and festivals. New Orleans is one of the main places that celebrates this day. In New Orleans, you can see crowds of people wearing green, flowers, and kisses. Music adds to the festivities with bands in parades walking through the streets. Sometimes, people will throw beads and give kisses to the lucky.
The four-leafed clover is rumored to bring luck to whoever finds it. People say that if you eat a four-leafed clover, a genie will appear and grant you three wishes for the year. Each leaf represents a special hidden meaning- faith, hope, love, and luck. The four leaf clover is rare and cannot be easily found.
The traditional meal for St. Patricks is corned beef and cabbage.One leaf of cabbage is thirty nine grams of potassium, and beef has twenty two grams of protein. All of this together can make such a healthy and hearty meal.
When feeling parched during this phenomenal holiday, one can drink St. Patrick’s Day punch. This drink is made with lemon, limes, shamrock, and mint ice cream. This drink will wake even the crankiest person up.
Finally, at the end of the day, the sky is lit up with luxurious green fireworks. This night will always finish with a bang. Some irish people finish the night of with this blessing, “May the road rise to meet you, may the wind be always at your back, may the sun shine warm upon your face, the rains fall soft upon your fields, and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.”