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St. Patrick s Day History: The Short Version

four leaf cloverSt. Patrick s Day history is very different from the modern holiday. St. Patrick’s Day is a day most people associate with green beer and parties.

But Saint Patrick is a real Saint in the Catholic Church. Saint Patrick is my oldest daughter’s patron saint in fact! St. Patrick brought the Catholic faith to Ireland and St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland as a holy day of obligation. In the United States, St. Patrick’s Day is not a holy day of obligation in the Catholic church but it is a day when many Catholic churches have special masses.

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated each year on March 17th. The shamrock’s association with St. Patrick’s Day comes from the popular myth that says St. Patrick used the three leaves of the plant to explain Catholicism’s holy trinity to the Irish.  The use of the shamrock as a symbol of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is widely used in Irish Catholic stories.

St. Patrick’s Day has evolved into a big day for parties in modern times.  St. Patrick’s Day parades, wearing green and eating corn beef and cabbage are popular traditions celebrated by many people on March 17!

Read more on St. Patrick’s Day History here.

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