St. Patrick’s Day

imagesThe Feast of Saint Patrick, com­monly referred to as Saint Patrick’s Day, is a reli­gious and cul­tural hol­i­day cel­e­brated annu­ally on 17th March, the anniver­sary of the death of Saint Patrick. Observed by the var­i­ous churches and the Irish com­mu­nity, this Chris­t­ian feast day was made offi­cial in the early sev­en­teenth cen­tury, com­mem­o­rat­ing the arrival of Chris­tian­ity in Ire­land. This is cred­ited to Saint Patrick. He was later declared the country’s patron saint and national apos­tle. Saint Patrick’s Day has evolved into a cel­e­bra­tion of her­itage. It is dis­played through pub­lic parades and fes­ti­vals, and the wear­ing of green attire and sham­rocks. The day is a pub­lic hol­i­day in the Repub­lic of Ire­land, North­ern Ire­land, New­found­land and Labrador and Montser­rat, but is widely cel­e­brated through­out the world.

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