Origin of St. Patrick’s Day

February 12, 2018

St.Patrick’s Day is a religious holiday that has taken place for many centuries in Ireland.

According to the myth, St Patrick converted the people of Ireland to Christianity from Ireland’s indigenous faith, Paganism. March 17th is the day that St. Patrick passed away.

The first ceremony to commemorate St Patrick was at a Catholic church in 17th century Ireland. And in 1903, St. Patrick’s Day became an official national holiday in Ireland.

The symbol of this saint is “Shamrock” and the colour associated with the day is “green”.

Nowadays, the typical way to spend this day is to go to the pub after enjoying seeing the St. Patrick’s Day parade. So perhaps many of you might think that this is the day to drink alcohol.

But actually, in Ireland, where 80% of the people are Catholic, the pubs used to be shut down on the day until the 1970’s. Also, this season falls in Lent, where Catholic’s traditionally avoid alcohol. But on St. Patrick’s Day, you’re allowed to eat and drink whatever you want.  Since 1995, it became a government-led national event.

Modern-day St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by people all over the world regardless of race, nationality or religion.