The history of St. Patrick's Day

Celebrations honor the Apostle of Ireland

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Happy St. Patrick's Day!

St. Patrick's Day celebrations have been held for more than 1,000 years. The day celebrates Saint Patrick.


Saint Patrick is the Apostle of Ireland. Saint Patrick was not Irish, but he is credited with bringing Christianity to the people of Ireland.


Wearing the color green is a St. Patrick's Day tradition. Although Saint Patrick wore blue, the color green is recognized as a significant color for celebrations. Green is symbolic of the Shamrock and the green color of the landscape of Ireland. According to legends, Saint Patrick used the Shamrock to explain the Christian Holy Trinity.


Each year St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17. It is believed Saint Patrick died on this day.


People across the world celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Some of the biggest traditions in the U.S. include: New York City's St. Patrick's Day Parade, dyeing the Chicago River green, along with parades in Philadelphia, Savannah and many other cities.

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