St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17th. The holiday is to remember Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.
St. Patrick’s Day was originally a religious feast and has evolved into a day of festivals, parades, special foods, dancing, etc.
Saint Patrick is recognized for bringing Christianity to the people of Ireland. It is thought that St. Patrick explained the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) using the three leaves of the Irish Clover; the shamrock. St. Patrick died on March 17th.
Saint Patrick’s Day in the U.S.
In the U.S. Saint Patrick’s Day is a day of fun.
People may decorate their homes, bars, restaurants with green garland, ribbon, shamrocks, the Irish flag, green top hat, pot of gold, etc.
Many people wear the color green on Saint Patrick’s Day. Most often a green shirt. People may wear green beads or green top hats for fun.
Everything is colored green. Often bakeries and restaurants use green food coloring to dye drinks and food green. For example, many bakeries may have green-colored bagels, cake, and/or cookies. Bars often serve green beer.
As for food, Saint Patrick’s Day is associated with a meal of corned beef and cabbage. Many people make corned beef and cabbage at home or go out to eat in a restaurant. Another popular food is Irish soda bread.
On Saint Patrick’s Day, many adults go out to a bar to have a drink, often a beer.