St. Patrick’s Day is a yearly holiday that is celebrated on March 17. It is named after Saint Patrick, the most commonly recognized of the patron saints of Ireland. This day is the anniversary of Saint Patrick’s death in the fifth century as well as a religious feast day.
The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over a thousand years. On St. Patrick’s Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were waived and people would dance, drink and feast on the traditional food of choice, Irish bacon and cabbage.
Today, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by people of all backgrounds in many areas of the world! Traditionally, people will wear green coloured clothing and various other items. Shamrocks, a three-leaved plant, are also an ever-present accessory to be worn on St. Patrick’s Day! It is said that Saint Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to the pre-Christian Irish.