WHO IS HE

St. Patrick’s Day, also know as the feast of Saint Patrick, is observed on the 17th of March of every year.  It is a celebration, cultural and religious, for the death date of the prominent patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461).  Saint Patrick is the Christian missionary who converted Ireland, in the AD 400’s, to Christianity.  Although a little know fact is that Saint Patrick wasn’t really Irish. Some historians believe he was born in Roman Britain.  Upon his capture as a teenager by Irish pirates, he was then taken to Ireland.  Several years later he escaped and returned to Britain.  In Britain, he entered the priesthood, first ordained by St. Germanus, the Bishop of Auxerre.  Later, he was ordained a bishop and sent to take the Gospel to Ireland.

CELEBRATIONS

Cities dye their rivers green.  Party goers dress up in all green clothing.  Also, food and drinks are known to be green during this celebration.  You can find Irish themed parties everywhere.  Parades for St. Patrick’s Day are held in cities like Chicago, Boston, Denver and New York.  Also, the shamrock (leaf of the clover plant and a symbol of the Holy Trinity) is the most popular symbol that is associated with St. Patrick’s Day.  Also, you may find some die-hard fans that will go as far as dressing up as a leprechaun to show there support and celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.

THINGS TO DO

As mentioned previously, parades for Saint Patrick’s Day are held in major cities throughout the United States.  New York’s parade is truly a site to see!  Also, the Irish culture has a large presence here.  Bagpipes are played and kilts are worn. Thousands of viewers will show up to partake in the festivities.  Also, in Chicago and Boston, similar parades are held.  Throughout the day, in any of these cities, parades, parties, concerts and/or other events are  available to the public.

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