What Exactly Is St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick's Day is commonly observed as a day of cultural and religious celebration. It's a day of faith and grace for Christians of liturgical faiths

  • Publish date: Thursday، 17 March 2022 Last update: Sunday، 17 March 2024
What Exactly Is St. Patrick’s Day

For Irish people, St. Patrick's Day is commonly observed as a cultural and religious celebration day. It's a day of faith and grace for Christians of liturgical beliefs, as Lenten prohibitions on drinking and eating are commonly eliminated for the day. 

In the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the British Overseas Territory of Montserrat, St. Patrick's Day is acknowledged as a public holiday. It's a day of festivities that often feature parades and festivals, as well as céilithe (Irish traditional music sessions) and wearing green clothes and shamrocks. It is also celebrated in various countries like the UK, New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, and the United States.

Here are four things to know about St. Patrick's Day's religious and cultural celebration.

When was the first St. Patrick's Day celebration? 

In the early 1600s, Catholics throughout Ireland declared Saint Patrick's Day a holy day of devotion. 

Who is St. Patrick, and where did he come from? 

He was a Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland during the fifth century. At 16, he was abducted and converted to Christianity before escaping enslavement and becoming a priest. 

St. Patrick perished on March 17, and over the years, he became Ireland's greatest saint, converting thousands of people.

What does "drowning the shamrock" tradition mean on St. Patrick's Day?

A clover is placed at the bottom of a cup and filled with beer or cider before being consumed as a tribute honoring St. Patrick at the end of the festivities.

When is St. Patrick's Day? 

Every year on March 17, St. Patrick's Day is celebrated.

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