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Why Do We Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day?

St. Patrick’s Day celebrated annually on 17 March is named after St. Patrick, a patron saint of Ireland who is believed to have died on that day.

St. Patrick’s Day celebrated annually on 17 March is named after St. Patrick, a patron saint of Ireland who is believed to have died on that day. The life and work of St. Patrick is shrouded in vagueness. We rely on the works of some 7th century hagiographers and the anonymous writer of the Annals of Ulster for information about his life and activities.

St. Patrick was born in Roman Britain in AD 387. When he was 16 years old, he was captured and taken to Ireland. .During his six years in Ireland as a captive, he became deeply religious When he returned to England he became a priest.

In his Declaration, he claimed that he had a vision in which the people of Ireland appealed to him to come and walk among them. He returned to Ireland and converted many people to Christianity. He cleverly incorporated the pagan beliefs of the day into his Christian teachings. He introduced and explained the concept of the Holy Trinity to his followers by using the Shamrock with its three leaves as symbol. He had to face a lot of opposition from his co-religionists, as he was not Irish.

St. Patrick died in AD 493 and is believed to be buried under Down Cathedral in Downpatrick, County Down like the other two patron saints of Ireland, St. Brigid and St Columba. Though Saint Patrick has not been officially canonized, he is still venerated in Ireland and many parts of the world.

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated as feast day by the Roman Catholic Church thanks to efforts of the Franciscan scholar Luke Waddin in the 17th century. In Ireland, the celebrations have a religious tone to it. The celebrations extend over 5 days. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade in Ireland was held in Dublin only in 1931.

The first parade was held in Boston, U.S in 1762 and the largest parade in New York City. The credit for the oldest parade in North America goes to Quebec in Canada. Today, non-Irish people too relish the idea of being Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. Wearing green color (associated with the green leaved Shamrock), consuming Irish food and drink, and parades mark the festivities.

Impressive parades are held in many cities of the U.S. like the ones in Seattle, Savannah in Georgia, New Orleans, Syracuse, and Las Vegas. Other countries like Canada, Argentina, the U.K, Denmark, Germany, Mexico, Russia, and South Korea too mark the day with parades.

St. Patrick’s Day is an official holiday in Ireland. However, in the U. S, Australia, U. K, and New Zealand, though celebrated with much fervor, it is not an official holiday. St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated not only as a mark of respect to a great saint but also as a reflection of the cultural tradition of Ireland and the growing sense of its nationalistic pride.

The Irish government has been trying to showcase this tradition to woo tourists to the Island. However, many Christian leaders condemn the fact that it is being increasingly secularized and commercialized.

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  1. Shanta

    On March 17, 2008 at 8:53 am


    I wonder why you have to wear green and If you dont you have to get pinched

  2. James

    On March 17, 2008 at 10:28 am


    Why do we always celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day different then Ireland?

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  5. philwt

    On March 31, 2008 at 1:36 pm


    i think people just celebrate it to getr wasted ok

  6. pepin

    On March 31, 2008 at 1:40 pm


    i think its just to get wasted and get drunk and act like an ignorant and be a follower ok u no u do that to.

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    On November 19, 2008 at 2:18 pm


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  12. babygirl

    On March 5, 2009 at 7:05 am


    why do we celebrate st. patricks day

  13. Pertty Woman

    On March 9, 2009 at 8:03 pm


    I beilive that!!!

  14. Pertty Woman

    On March 9, 2009 at 8:07 pm


    Why don’t you read the whole thing to know why we celebrate!!!

  15. lilstar29

    On March 9, 2009 at 9:15 pm


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    On March 10, 2009 at 8:28 pm


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    On March 11, 2009 at 2:22 pm


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  18. lilstar29

    On March 11, 2009 at 7:04 pm


    St.Patrick\’s Day celebrated on 17 March is named after St.Patrick,a patron saint of Ireland who is believed to have died on that day.The life and work of St.Patrick is shrouded in vagueness.We rely on the works of some 7th century hagiographers and the anonymous writer of the Annals of Ulster for information about his life and activities.St.Patrick was born in Roman Britain in AD 387.When he was 16 years old,he was captured and taken to Ireland.Duringhis six years in Ireland as a captive,he became deeply religious.When he returned to England he became a priest.In his declaration,he claimed that he had a vision in which the people of Ireland and converted many people Christianity.That’s the end of our session and thats what google taught me!

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    On March 11, 2009 at 7:31 pm


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    On March 16, 2009 at 9:55 pm


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  22. Johnson

    On March 17, 2009 at 9:44 am


    I dont understand how people can celebrate a day of a christian man, who done great things for the christian religion, and they celebrate that day by drinking, starting fights, smoking some green, ect.. Hmm sounds like sinful things to me. Wouldn’t that be aginst what St. Patrick believed?

  23. mUMS

    On March 17, 2009 at 12:25 pm


    That’s beside the point. What people should wonder, is if you are a Christian why do you celebrate a man who cleverly incorporated the pagan beliefs into Christianity!

  24. MoMo

    On March 17, 2009 at 1:42 pm


    He may have done that but it didn’t change Christianity.

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  26. highguy

    On May 16, 2009 at 1:04 am


    We celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day to fill a void of Irish cultural emptiness. After failing to build flying machines, light bulbs or split the atom – being drunk and Catholic were the only proven wasy the Irish have found to draw attention to themselves. Also, Christianity IS an adaption of Paganism. The Easter Bunny? Pagan symbol of fertility (same as playboy bunny). The Christmas Tree? Pagan festival of lights. The “Holy Trinity”…. you get the point. Christianity is a crutch of the impoverished and feeble minded.

  27. Anonymous

    On July 30, 2009 at 2:32 pm


    ummm. so… he was 105 when he died?

    That’s a little sketchy for that time period.

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    On March 9, 2010 at 8:33 pm


    ummmm…..do you guys even read this thing..like seriously! he is a christian man and ya he was 105 when he dies..cool huh?…babby boyy….you are so stupid…and you dont evenn chat on this website to talk about st.partrick your just talkin to baby girl! syupid ppl these days!

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    On March 12, 2010 at 10:40 am


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  30. hickle berry

    On March 16, 2010 at 4:38 am


    why would we need to celebrate st.Patrick day when it is in ireland

  31. I

    On March 16, 2010 at 4:55 pm


    i dont celabrate st pattys day but i wanted to write this any way…

    St. Patrick’s Day celebrated annually on 17 March is named after St. Patrick, a patron saint of Ireland who is believed to have died on that day. The life and work of St. Patrick is shrouded in vagueness. We rely on the works of some 7th century hagiographers and the anonymous writer of the Annals of Ulster for information about his life and activitiesAnd that is what google taught me evan though i dont celabrate this holiday how the heck did he live that long especilly in that time pirod

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    On March 17, 2010 at 9:12 am


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    On March 17, 2010 at 1:36 pm


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