Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated every year on March 17. It is an Irish and Christian celebration.
Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. He is known as the founder of Irish Christianity. According to legends, he tried to explain the notion of the Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit in one God) to the Lords of the Kingdom of Ireland with a shamrock. He finally died on March 17, 461.
It was not until the 17th century that the Catholic Church recognized Saint Patrick’s Day as a religious holiday. Saint Patrick’s Day was decreed on March 17 by Pope Urban VIII.
Subsequently, in 1903, this date became a public holiday in Ireland, which transformed it into a popular festival. But the first Saint Patrick’s Day parade in Ireland did not take place until 1931!
The shamrock becomes the symbol of Saint Patrick’s Day. The participants are dressed in green, the color symbolizing the Irish nation.
The festival takes place of course in Ireland, especially in Dublin, but not only ! Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated in many parts of the world.
Whether in Ireland, the United States or Canada, thousands of people around the world gather around 3 essential elements : beer, music and dance. In Chicago, the Chicago River is even dyed green for the occasion since 1962!