Shamrocks, four-leaf clovers and St. Patrick. What better way to describe March than those three words? March is a great month of the year. It marks the beginning of spring, where all the flowers bloom and all the trees actually have leaves on them instead of just bare branches and snow. It marks the beginning of rainbows, with all their different colors and the supposed pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and the supposed leprechaun guarding it. It marks the beginning of the third trimester, the final stretch of the school year before summer break. What month can possibly mark more than March does?
March is also the month which contains the good old St. Patrick’s day, a kooky, crazy day filled which magical creatures, Irish music, and, well, celebration of St. Patrick’s himself. March has taken on the title of “The Magical Month.” But what has caused March to be so magical? It could be because of the magical beginning of Spring and the magical end of winter, the magical beginning of the different flashy colors of a rainbow. But what can explain the leprechauns, the four-leaf clovers which are said to bring luck, the pot of gold sitting at the end of that rainbow? How do those come into play. How did St. Patrick’s day, which was supposed to a celebrate an old, real life story about a man named St. Patrick, turned into this kooky, fun and fantastical day full of mythical creatures?
There isn’t a known answer on the Internet. At least not as far as I have searched. If you want to search, fine, but I’m saving you the trouble by giving you that one sentence. So the only possible way to figure it out is to propose theories. My theory is that our early humans found Magical March by looking at the patterns of each of our holidays. We have Halloween which takes on the theme of scary. We have Thanksgiving, which takes on the theme of being thankful. We have Christmas, which takes on the theme of jolliness. There is a theme to every holiday we have throughout the year. But none of these holidays celebrate the fantasy world. Back then, or so my theory goes, humans were fascinated by the idea of fantasy creatures, like leprechauns, those happy and energetic little creatures, and rainbows, having not known that science and light were both behind the cause of these colorful sights. From that, they incorporated these things, as well as the four-leaf clovers and shamrocks for luck, and the story of St. Patrick, where magic saved good ol’ Patrick from his dilemma, all into St. Patrick’s day, which spread through all of Magical March.
What about March Madness, the hyped-up crazy basketball season that happens smack dab in the middle of March? It’s one of the most watched seasons in all of sports. Now, to ask this question, why do people prefer March Madness over any other sports season. Well, because of Magical March, though. The feeling of magic and new beginnings can get people in the mood for basketball.
Magic may not be real, especially after the rainbow was proven to be science instead of magic, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate it to our heart’s content. In fact, magic may not be real, but it is real. It exists as a feeling. It exists in the spring air around here. So just take the time to enjoy this month of the year, the beginning of spring, the beginning of the beautiful rainbows, the beginning of the final trimester, the beginning of Magical March.