March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day! This traditionally Irish holiday is held once a year to observe the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. The once-religious feast-day has evolved over the centuries into a unique celebration featuring food, drink, and fun.
Irish people have observed the Roman Catholic feast-day of St. Patrick on March 17 for over 1,000 years. The holiday is timed to occur during Lent, the Christian season of prayer, penance, and repentance leading up to Easter. On St. Patrick’s Day, Lenten prohibitions are waived, and people dance, drink, and feast on the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage.
The first St. Patrick’s Day parade was held, not in Ireland, but in the United States. On March 17, 1762, Irish soldiers played music and marched through New York City. The event helped the soldiers build camaraderie and reconnect with their Irish roots.
Today, people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day worldwide, regardless of their religion or nationality. Take a look at these St. Patrick feast-day traditions practiced in different cultures around the world.
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