St. Patrick s Day History: How Did it Begin and Irish Celebs

st. patrick's day history
St. Patrick's Day History

What do Pierce Brosnan, Bono, Gabriel Byrne, Liam Neeson have in common?

They’re Irish and celebrating St. Patty’s Day!

What is the history behind this holiday?

Saint Patrick’s Day is a religious holiday celebrated internationally on March 17.

It is named after Saint Patrick (c. AD 387—461), the most commonly recognised of the patron saints of Ireland.  It is observed by the Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church and Lutherans.

Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official feast day in the early 17th century, and has gradually become a celebration of Irish culture in general.

People attend church, wear green attire especially shamrocks, and lift the restrictions of Lent on fasting and drinking to celebrate.

Cities around the world hold St. Patrick’s Day parades and festivals celebrate the holiday and many wear green, eat traditional Irish fare such as corned beef and cabbage and Guinness beer.