The origins of St Patrick’s Day

January 25, 2021 4:54 pm


St Patrick’s Day is celebrated in Ireland and around the world by Irish individuals and families on 17th March each year. It is a time when families and friends get together and celebrate and exchange st patricks day gifts like the ones you can see at

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St Patrick was Ireland’s patron saint and was born in the late 4th century in Roman Britain. He was captured and sent to Ireland as a slave at the age of 16. He managed to leave, but about 432AD he returned to Ireland to try to convert the Irish to Christianity. He is said to have forced the snakes out of Ireland and used the shamrock of Ireland to teach the Trinity.

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St Patrick’s Day became a day of feasts and festivities after he died on March 17, 461AD, with religious festivals taking place and people celebrating their Irish culture. It was mainly Irish emigrants who made the celebration of the day so famous, especially those in the United States. There would be big, elaborate parades in cities where there were a large number of Irish immigrants.

In the United States, where they would often dye the beer green, St Patrick’s Day parades were made especially popular; in Chicago, they have also dyed the river green to mark the celebrations since 1962. To raise tourism, many of these celebrations have been carried out. In order to give tourism a boost, it was not until 1995 that the Irish government decided to start conducting parades in Dublin.