St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day is a celebration of the patron saint of Ireland, Patrick. The day began as a religious feast day in the 17th century, remembering Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. The day now focuses on celebrating the heritage and culture of the Irish. The holiday has evolved into a holiday across the globe celebrating Irish culture with parades, special foods and drink, dancing, music, and the color green everywhere you look.
When is St. Patrick’s Day
The holiday is celebrated on the same day every year, March 17th
Type of Holiday?
Official. Fun Holiday.
How is St. Patrick’s Day Celebrated:
- The St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin, Ireland is part of a five day festival
- Parades also take place in other Irish towns and villages across all of Ireland
- The largest St. Patrick’s Day parade is held in New York City and it is watched by over 2 million spectators
- A meal of cornbeef and cabbage – and if you like beer, don’t forget the beer
- Have a party – celebrate with friends and family
St. Patrick’s Day Facts/Trivia:
- St. Patrick was born in Roman Britain in 387. He died on March 17, 461 after years of living in poverty, traveling and enduring much suffering.
- The holiday was first celebrated in Boston, Massachusetts in 1737
- There are 34.7 million U.S. residents with Irish ancestry. That is more than seven times the population of Ireland itself.
- The traditional St. Patrick’s Day meal is corned beef and cabbage. Over 28 billion pounds of corn beef and over 2.5 billion pounds of cabbage are produced each year in the United States.
- St. Patrick often used shamrocks to explain the Holy Trinity and entire kingdoms were eventually converted to Christianity after hearing his message.
- There are approximately 147,000 current U.S. residents who were born in Ireland.
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So, crack open a beer and put on a green hat to help remember the patron Saint of Ireland!
Although St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays, there are many special days celebrated in March. We have Fragrance Day, National Goof Off Day, Melba Toast Day, National Chip and Dip Day, National Puppy Day, National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day, Spring (Vernal) Equinox, National Pig Day, Peanut Butter Lovers’ Day, just to name a few. Which special day in March is your favorite?