Saint Patrick's Day is a yearly holiday celebrated on the 17th of March. It is named after Saint Patrick (circa AD 387–461), the most commonly recognised of the patron saintsof Ireland. It began as a purely Catholic holiday and became an official feast day in the early 17th century. It has gradually become more of a secular celebration of Ireland's culture.
It is apublic holiday in the Republic of Ireland and a large, national multi day festival now takes place each year called St. Patrick's Festival. In Northern Ireland it is a bank holiday instead. The NorthernIreland Assembly has discussed this frequently but as of yet no decision has been made to make it a public holiday. It is a public holiday in Newfoundland and Labrador and in Montserrat. It is alsowidely celebrated by the Irish diaspora, especially in places such as Great Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, and Montserrat, among others.
St Patrick's Day occurs onMarch 17 and is day to remember one of Ireland’s patron saints, St Patrick. It largely celebrates Irish-American culture in the United States, and the use of the color green is predominant.
What dopeople do?
St Patrick's Day celebrations concentrate on Irish themed parties, alcoholic drinks and food. People celebrating often dress in green clothing and may consume food and drink dyed green.Irish clubs and pubs often hold special events or promotions. Large street parades are held to mark St Patrick's Day in cities such as:
• New York.
• New Orleans.
Parades are held on Saturday, March 16, in New York during the years when March 17 is a Sunday. The parade isalways held on the Sunday before March 17 in many other cities. Some people see St Patrick's Day as a celebration of the color green, rather than solely focusing on the Irish-American culture. Water...