The History of Saint Patrick’s Day



Saint Patrick’s Day is a celebration of Irish culture that takes place on March 17th. While some might associate the holiday with parties and drinking, in Ireland it’s been observed as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years. The holiday falls on the Christian season of Lent, so Irish families would traditionally attend church and celebrate in the afternoon. The holiday celebrates the life of Saint Patrick, who was credited with spreading the Christian faith throughout Ireland. Long after his death, the myth surrounding his life became a part of Irish culture. Since the 9th or 10th century, Irish families have celebrated the holiday. The first St. Patrick’s parade was not in Ireland but in America 1601. Centuries later, Irish patriotism flourished with immigrants living in New York. Now, St. Patrick’s Day is a major holiday all over the world.