St. Patrick’s Day

          St. Patrick’s Day

                     By: Alena Ramos, Staff Writer

 

We celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day because it’s a cultural and religious holiday we celebrate it on March 17, the anniversary of Saint Patrick’s death. The reason we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day is because of his hard work as a missionary. He is famous for his extensive missionary work that he did in Ireland. During his thirty years of work he converted over 135,000 people, established 300 churches, and consecrated 350 bishops. He is the most commonly recognised of the patron saints of Ireland, and associated with the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. This holiday is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion especially by the Church of Ireland. This holiday is also observed by the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Lutheran Church. Saint Patrick’s Day was officially made a feast day in the seventeenth century, and has become a celebration of the Irish culture in general. This holiday is generally characterized by the attendance of church services, wearing green, and the lifting of Lenten restriction on eating, and drinking alcohol,  which is very often during this season.

Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated in a lot of places like Britain,  Canada, the United States, Argentina,  Australia,  and New Zealand. This holiday is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Newfoundland and Labrador,  and Montserrat. In all of these places it is known for people to wear green. According to legend, St. Patrick used the 3-leaf shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to the Irish people. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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