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Saint Patrick’s Day

Every year on March 17, the Irish and the Irish-at-heart across the globe celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. What began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland has become an international festival celebrating Irish culture with parades, dancing, special foods and a whole lot of green. Many are awaiting this expected day in March and not even Irish pubs prepare to fill everything in green. Even in Spain people celebrate this day. Cities have different traditions but one that is same in every city is that they light their most popular monuments, fountains or lights on the street in green.


St. Patrick is one of the saint patrons of Ireland, together with St. Brigid and St. Columba. St. Patrick died on March 17 in 493. He grew up in Roman Britain, but was captured by Irish and taken to Ireland as a slave when he was a young adult. After few years, he returned to his family and entered the church, like his father and grandfather. He later returned to Ireland as a missionary.

According to the popular legend, St. Patrick got rid Ireland of snakes. However, it is thought that there have been no snakes in Ireland since the last ice age. The "snakes" that St. Patrick banished from Ireland, may refer to pagan worshipers of snake gods. In the 19th and 20th century, many immigrants from Ireland fled to the other parts of the world so many Irish customs, including the St Patrick’s Day celebrations, became quite popular in the whole world.

St. Patrick’s Day around the world

What Do People Do?

As you already probably know, many people wear green clothes or paint their faces. In the evening, everybody’s headed to the bars or pubs where parties feature Irish food and drinks that are dyed in green color. Many restaurants and pubs offer Irish food or drink as Irish brown bread, Corned beef and cabbage, Beef and Guinness pie, Irish cream chocolate mousse cake, Irish stew, Irish potato soup or Irish coffee.


The most common St. Patrick's Day symbol is the shamrock. The shamrock is the leaf of the clover plant and a symbol of the Holy Trinity. Many people choose to wear the green color. The flag of the Republic of Ireland is often seen in St Patrick’s Day parades around the world. Irish brands of drinks as whiskey and beer are popular at St Patrick’s Day events.

Religious symbols include snakes and serpents, as well as the Celtic cross. Some say that Saint Patrick added the Sun, a powerful Irish symbol, onto the Christian cross to create what is now called a Celtic cross. Other Irish-related symbols seen on St Patrick’s Day include the harp, which was used in Ireland for centuries, as well as a mythological creature known as the leprechaun and a pot of gold that the leprechaun keeps hidden.

Well! How are you going to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year?