St Patrick’s Day

St Patrick’s Day

St Patrick’s Day is held every year on 17th March.  The day is held to honor Ireland’s patron saint, who brought Christianity to the Emerald Isles.  St Patrick’s Day is a day that celebrates the ancestry, customs, history and tradition of Ireland.

17th March is officially recognized as the date on which Saint Patrick died back in AD461.  It became an official Christian feast day some time in the early 17th century and is observed by the Lutheran Church, the Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Anglican Communion (particularly the Church of Ireland).  Celebrations usually involve a variety of activities such as public parades, the wearing of shamrocks or green attire, and festivals.

Lenten restrictions on the consumption of food and alcohol are lifted temporarily on St Patrick’s Day, and Christians attend church services.  St Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in Northern Ireland, Montserrat, Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Republic of Ireland.  The Irish diaspora also widely celebrate the day all over the world, particularly in the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina and Canada.

The color blue was originally associated with St Patrick, but green somehow became more and more associated as the years went by.  As early as the 17th century people were wearing shamrocks and green ribbons in order to celebrate the day, and such behavior has become one of its most famous features.