Saint Patrick’s Day has been celebrated for centuries. It originated in Ireland as a religious festival dedicated to the Patron Saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. According to legend, St. Patrick used a shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity when he was evangelizing in Ireland nearly 1,500 years ago. The celebration slowly grew in popularity until 1737 when it became an official feast day in the Catholic Church. Over time, the holiday began to be adopted by other religions and eventually spread all across the globe. What started as a solemn religious celebration has evolved into a larger celebration of Irish culture and heritage featuring materials such as green clothing, parades, and parties that have become standard traditions on this special day.
Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations are enjoyed around the world to honor Ireland’s patron saint. People traditionally gather to wear green, partake in feasting and drinking, and many parades are held in his memory. Unlike traditional Irish festivities that often occur on the actual day of March 17th, many countries host their own celebrations much earlier due to shifts in work schedules and favourable weather conditions. Children often dress up in celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with carrying around shamrocks, wearing green-colored items of clothing and eating traditional Irish dishes. While adults may create themed parties or attend pubs for drinks, culture plays a strong influence in how this day is celebrated across the world.