Saint Patrick’s Day originally has celebrated and honored Saint Patrick and Irish heritage. Saint Patrick was the foremost patron Saint of Ireland. It is celebrated on March 17th annually on the anniversary of his death. He is known to have lived AD 386 until 461. The day celebrates the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and the heritage of the Irish people.
People generally celebrate by wearing green and eating and drinking traditional Irish fare. Christians are participating in the Lenten observance of giving up some foods and drinks during Lent, and Saint Patrick’s Day has become a day to refrain from participating in restrictions. Thus, alcohol and other indulgences are part of Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations for many people.
Patrick was a Romano-British Christian missionary and Irish bishop. It is believed that as a child he was taken as a slave, however eventually made his escape and made it back home. He went on to become a priest and convert the pagan Irish to Christianity.
Today, Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated in many places in the world with parades, music, festivals, and more. Parades often include marching bands, the military, fire brigades, cultural and charitable organizations, as well as, voluntary associations, youth groups, fraternities, and the like. People wear green because it represents and celebrates Ireland.
Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated in Ireland, Great Britain, the United States, Canada, Argentina, and other places around the world. Saint Patrick’s Day has been known to be celebrated by astronauts on the International Space Station as well. Some sporting events have become traditional. However, many criticize indulgences taken in the name of the holiday. Safety can be a concern, so remember to be safe!
Saint Patrick’s Day is a time to celebrate Irish history, enjoy Irish traditions, and honor the work of those like Saint Patrick. Be inspired! Have a bright day!