It always takes place on March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day. This holiday is one of the most important dates in the Irish calendar. “St. Paddy’s”, as the day is also known, is celebrated in honor of Bishop Patrick of Ireland. Catholics commemorate the Christianization of Ireland.
St. Patrick’s Day became famous for its parades and boozy parties – not only in Ireland but also in other parts of the world. St. Patrick’s Day is also celebrated in some German cities.
Said bishop is said to have died on March 17, 461, at least the “Encyclopedia Britannica” is certain about this. Patrick of Ireland was a Christian missionary and is now regarded as Ireland’s national saint.
March 17th is now a public holiday not only in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, but also in the British Overseas Territory of Montserrat and in the Canadian province of Newfoundland.
Irish emigrants brought St. Patrick’s Day to America
In earlier times, the saint was commemorated in Ireland with church services and smaller festivals. Later, Irish emigrants, many of whom emigrated overseas during the Great Irish Famine of the mid-19th century, brought St. Patrick’s Day with them to the United States, where celebrations of it became increasingly boisterous over time.
Large parades take place there, especially in cities where many descendants of Irish immigrants live – such as Boston, New York and Chicago. The dominant color on Patrick’s Day is green. This color is also generally associated with the island of Ireland.
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