Saint Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on 17 March every year. This festival is celebrated to honor St. Patrick, a patron saint and national apostle of Ireland who helped convert the people of Ireland to Christianity. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland as well as celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish. Saint Patrick’s Day is observed as a celebration of Irish and Irish American culture, and the use of the color green is predominant.
The Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations generally mark public parades, church services, Irish themed parties, music and songs, Ceilithe, the wearing of green attire or shamrocks, Irish food and drinks. Saint Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Newfoundland and Labrador and Montserrat. It is also widely celebrated by the Irish diaspora around the world, especially in Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand.
Saint Patrick wasn’t Irish. He was born in Britain around A.D. 390 into a wealthy Romano-British family.. At the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken captive to Ireland as a slave. According to his Confession, he was told by God in a dream to flee from captivity to the coast, where he would board a ship and return to Britain. Upon returning, he quickly joined the Church in Auxerre in Gaul and studied to be a priest. In 432, he was again called back to Ireland, though as a bishop, to Christianize the Irish from their native polytheism.
St Patrick’s Day is not a federal holiday in the United States and schools, offices and organizations are open as usual. Public transport systems run on their regular schedules.