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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick's Day

Sheep on St Patrick's Day


History of St Patricks Day

The patron saint of Ireland brought Christianity to Ireland. He is believed to have died on 17 March sometime in the 5 century (some scholars place his death in AD 461) but the modern origin of the festival now celebrated globally stems from the 17 century. It was designated a religious feast day after the Vatican officially recognised the date in 1631.

It is an official public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the British Overseas Territory of Montserrat.

However, St Patrick’s Day is celebrated far more widely.

Not until fairly recently. It wasn’t even an Irish public holiday until 1904, although the Irish elites did celebrate in the latter half of the 19 century with an annual ball held in Dublin castle – but for most ordinary folk it remained a quiet day. Until the mid-1960s many pubs remained closed on 17 March.

The holiday – as we know it today – stems in great part from the United States, rather than the emerald isle and are credited with turning it into the party we know it as today.

Facts about St Patricks Day

  • Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day is all about the patron saint the day is named after.
  • St. Patrick’s Day is the national holiday of Ireland and is usually celebrated on March 17.
  • Corned beef and cabbage are traditional foods eaten on this holiday.
  • Most people, whether they are Irish or not, wear green on this day. One of the Irish traditions is to pinch anyone who is not wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day.
  • It is believed St. Patrick, a Roman-Britain-born Christian missionary, was born in the late fourth century and is credited with bringing Christianity to the Irish people

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