St. Patrick's Day

Saint Patrick’s Day: Everything You Need to Know

March 17, 2017

Do you have any questions about Saint Patrick’s Day? Read on to learn the answer to them!

  1. Who is Saint Patrick?

He is a Christian Saint who made Ireland a Christian country. Today, Saint Patrick is considered the Patron Saint of Ireland. Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated to honor his contribution to the Irish cultural heritage.

  1. When do we celebrate Saint Patrick's Day?

It is celebrated on March 17th. Sometimes it can be observed on a different day to avoid the Easter celebration.

  1. Who celebrates Saint Patrick's Day?

It’s the religious holiday observed by the Catholic Church. It is held in Ireland and all over the globe, involving Irish and non-Irish people into celebrations.

  1. How do people celebrate it?

There are different ways to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day. People go to church services or hold festivals and parades that honor the Irish culture. Green is the color of the day, so most citizens wear green clothes. Some people cook and eat green food, such as hot dogs, cookies, and bread. Even the river in Chicago and a fountain near the White House are dyed into green color. Other popular symbols of the holiday are a shamrock, leprechauns, Irish food, and Irish music.

  1. What is the history of Saint Patrick's Day?

Saint Patrick lived in the 5th century and was a Christian missionary. The Irish culture has a large number of tales and legends about him. Many of them tell how he brought Christianity to Ireland and how he gave explanations about the Christian trinity with the help of a shamrock. The day we celebrate on March 17 is believed to be the day of his death. The celebrations began to be held in the 9th century in Ireland. Later, it became a serious religious holiday and the tradition to observe it spread to other countries. In 1762, it was observed in New York City for the first time.

  1. Are there any fascinating facts about Saint Patrick's Day?

Sure, here are some of them:

  • There are approximately 34 million Irish-Americans in the USA.
  • The Guinness Book of Records called Saint Patrick’s Day “The Friendliest Day of the Year”.
  • There is a legend saying that Saint Patrick expelled all snakes from Ireland standing on the hill.
  • The celebration is also called Saint Patty’s Day, Saint Paddy’s Day and the Feast of Saint Patrick.
  • The New York City parade on Saint Patrick’s Day attracts about 150,000 participants.
  • In Rolla, Missouri, the streets are painted green during celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day.
  • The United States proclaimed March the Irish-American Heritage Month in 1991.
  • 19 American presidents had Irish roots.

Saint Patrick’s Day is an interesting holiday! Are you going to celebrate it this year?

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