Because on St. Patrick's Day, everyone is Irish!
Although the rhetoric surrounding St. Patrick’s day is quite lighthearted — as seen in many of St. Patrick’s Day quotes — the origins of St. Patrick’s Day are actually much more serious than the festive celebrations we’re accustomed to today. The holiday began in 1631 to honor the Patron Saint of Ireland, and consisted mainly of churchgoing in the morning and religious feasts in the afternoons. Irish immigrants brought this tradition with them when they began to settle in the American colonies in the 1700’s, but it wouldn’t be until hundreds of years later, in the 20th century, when Irish-Americans would transform March 17th into the party ritual it’s currently known as.
These days, in both Ireland and America, St. Patrick’s Day is widely considered a time to celebrate all things Irish. Themed outfits abound, as well as shamrock decorations, and of course food staples such as soda bread and corned beef hash. It’s no wonder that the common saying is that on St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish! Whether you’re interested in this more light-hearted modern take, or the holiday’s more serious roots, we have a range of St. Patrick’s Day quotes to help get you into the holiday spirit.
Mike: Richard Epstein, a professor at New York University School of Law, published the article on the Web site of the Hoover Institution, on March 16th. In it, he questioned the World Health Organization’s decision to declare the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, said that “public officials have gone overboard,” and suggested that about five hundred people would die from COVID-19 in the U.S. Epstein later updated his estimate to five thousand, saying that the previous number had been an error.