St. Patrick’s Day And The Latino Connection

happy st patricks dayAs Latinos, we love to throw parties and celebrate life. And although St. Patrick’s Day is very much an Irish holiday, it also has some close Latino ties.

Just like when Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in the U.S., with people wearing sombreros and drinking margaritas, St. Patrick’s Day too is ripe with Irish stereotypes.

Originally a holiday to celebrate Ireland’s patron saint, for most people the festivities now involve nothing more than wearing green and drinking beer.

While this may be reason enough for many, Latinos have a much more significant reason to celebrate their Irish brothers and sisters.

Many people may not know that during the Mexican-American War, thousands of Irish immigrants deserted the U.S. army to join ranks with Mexico.

According to Voxxi, these Irish deserters formed a unit in the Mexican army called the Batallon de San Patricio.

The 9,000 men that made up San Patricio fought in numerous battles and have since been honored both in Ireland and Mexico for their courage.

Even though your family may not be from Mexico or has always lived in the U.S., it is important to note that we all live in a country of immigrants.

As Phillippe Diederich put it in the end of his Voxxi article, “We have a lot in common, a lot to share, and a lot to celebrate.”

How will you be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day? Share in the comments below!


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