Saint patrick's day

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Saint Patrick's Day is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated internationally on 17 March. It commemorates Saint Patrick, the most commonly recognized of the patron saints of Ireland,and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. Saint Patrick's Day was made an official feast day in the early 17th century, and has gradually become a secular celebration of Irish culture in general.The day is generally characterized by the attendance of church services, wearing of green, and drinking alcohol, which is often proscribed during the rest of the season.
Saint Patrick's Day is apublic holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Newfoundland and Labrador and in Montserrat. It is also widely celebrated by the Irish in places such as Great Britain, Canada, the UnitedStates, Argentina, Australia, and New Zealand, among others. Today, St. Patrick's Day is probably the most widely celebrated saint’s day in the world.

Who was Saint Patrick?
Patrick was born in RomanBritain at Banna Venta Berniae, a location otherwise unknown, though identified in one tradition as Glannoventa, modern Ravenglass in Cumbria . Calpornius, his father, was a deacon, his grandfatherPotitus, a priest. When he was about 16, he was captured from Wales by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Ireland, where he lived for six years before escaping and returning to his family. Afterentering the Church, he returned to Ireland as an ordained bishop in the north and west of the island, but little is known about the places where he worked. By the seventh century, he had come to berevered as the patron saint of Ireland.

Originally, the color associated with Saint Patrick was blue. Over the years the color green and its association with Saint Patrick's Daygrew. Green ribbons and shamrocks were worn in celebration of St Patrick's Day as early as the 17th century. Saint Patrick is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy...