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History of St. Patrick's Day

We all know and love celebrating St. Patrick's Day, but what’s the story behind it? We celebrate this holiday annually on March 17th in tribute to Irish history. Saint Patrick was the patron saint of Ireland and its apostle during the fifth century. In Saint Patrick’s early years, he was brought to Ireland from Roman Britain by Irish raiders and was then imprisoned. He later escaped prison and successfully brought the people of Ireland Christianity. According to, the most well-known legend of St. Patrick is that he explained the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) using the three leaves of a native Irish clover, the shamrock. The Irish started celebrating Saint Patrick in the 1800s on his day of death, March 17th.

These celebrations eventually gained popularity and made their way to different countries and cultures. Irish immigrants who came to America during the Great Potato Famine spiked the level of Irish-Americans, and in turn, St. Patrick’s Day. In recent times, people of all backgrounds celebrate the holiday with parades and by wearing green. The shamrock is the most common representation of St. Patty’s Day with people wearing and decorating with the symbol the whole month of March. Another common symbol of St. Patrick’s Day is a leprechaun. Leprechauns stem from minor figures in Celtic legends. They are perceived to be tiny men and women who were known for their trickery used to protect their much-fabled treasure, which is why we often see a pot of gold associated with them. Celebrate the Irish heritage and culture by hanging up some of our decorations in your house!

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