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History of St. Patrick’s Day

The Roman Catholic feast day of St. Patrick, patron saint of Ireland is celebrated each year on March 17th, the death date of St. Patrick. St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated worldwide with parades, festivals, and everything green! 

Patrick’s Day is celebrated in more countries than any other festival globally! Did you know St. Patrick was not even Irish? He was born in Britain and was known for bringing Christianity to Ireland. 

There are a few different reasons why green is associated with this special day. Ireland is nicknamed “The Emerald Isle” because of the rolling, green hills. Another reason green is related to this Day is that Ireland’s flag has a green stripe representing the Catholics of Ireland. St. Patrick used green shamrocks to symbolize the Holy Trinity in Christianity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Green is also the color of Irish Independence!

Celebrations of this Day started small with citizens attending church and having a special meal that included corned beef and cabbage. St. Patrick’s Day eventually became a big celebration of all things Irish. As Irish citizens moved to America, they brought the celebration to remind them where they came from. Now St. Patricks Day is celebrated worldwide, and everyone dresses in green!