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St. Patrick’s Day

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a bang - wear your green, grab a pint of Guinness, and get ready for the luckiest day of the year!
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Introduction

Get ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 17! This beloved holiday has been celebrated for centuries, and it's all about honoring the patron saint of Ireland with a day filled with shamrocks, green beer and other festivities. Whether you’re Irish or not, St Patrick's Day is a great opportunity to join in on some fun traditions that are sure to bring good luck your way!

History of St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day Dates

St. Patrick’s Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>c. 5th Century</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>St. Patrick's Life</div><div class='timeline-text'>St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, lived during the 5th century and is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1601</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First St. Patrick's Day Parade</div><div class='timeline-text'>The earliest recorded St. Patrick's Day parade was held in St. Augustine, Florida, organized by an Irish-born vicar.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1737</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Official Parade</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first official St. Patrick's Day parade took place in Boston, organized by the Charitable Irish Society of Boston.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1848</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Largest American Parade</div><div class='timeline-text'>New York City starts hosting what becomes the largest and oldest civilian parade in the United States.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1962</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Chicago River Tradition</div><div class='timeline-text'>The city of Chicago initiates its famous St. Patrick's Day tradition of dyeing the Chicago River green.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Decorate with green</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Grab some green balloons, streamers, and decorations to turn your house into a St Patrick's Day wonderland.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Wear green clothes</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Get dressed up in your favorite green outfit and head out for a night on the town.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Plan a potluck</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite your friends and family over for a traditional Irish feast. Make sure everyone brings something to share.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Go pub hopping</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Head out for a night of traditional Irish music and drinks at your local pubs.</p></div></div>

Why We Love St. Patrick’s Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's a great excuse to celebrate</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect excuse to have some fun and celebrate with friends and family. From food and drinks, to parties and parades - there is plenty of ways to mark this special day in style!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's a time for traditions</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>St. Patrick’s Day is filled with time-honored traditions that have been passed down through generations. Cooking traditional dishes like colcannon or corned beef can bring families together as they share stories of their heritage and history. Plus, nothing beats wearing green on the day!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It pays tribute to Irish culture</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>St. Patrick’s Day is an opportunity to recognize the incredible contributions Irish people have made throughout history. From inventors, scientists, writers, athletes and more - the achievements of these individuals are truly inspiring and should be celebrated on this special day.</p></div></div>

5 Little-Known Facts About Irish Traditions

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>St.Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland, Wasn't Born in Ireland</h3><p class='facts-content'>Despite being known as the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick was not born there. He was believed to be born in Britain or Scotland, and was brought to Ireland as a captive when he was a teenager.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The Shamrock is a Teaching Tool</h3><p class='facts-content'>St. Patrick is said to have used the three-leafed shamrock plant as a metaphor to explain the Holy Trinity (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) to the Celtic people.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The Original Colour Associated with St. Patrick’s Day Was Blue</h3><p class='facts-content'>Though today green is synonymous with St. Patrick's Day, the original color associated with St. Patrick was light blue. The shift to green happened over time due to Ireland's nickname, "The Emerald Isle," the green in the Irish flag, and the shamrock.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The First St. Patrick’s Day Parade Took Place in America</h3><p class='facts-content'>The first recorded St. Patrick’s Day parade did not take place in Ireland, but in New York City in 1762.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>St. Patrick’s Day Used to be a Dry Holiday</h3><p class='facts-content'>Originally, St. Patrick’s Day was considered a religious holiday in Ireland, and for most of the 20th century, Irish laws mandated that pubs be closed on March 17. It wasn't until 1970, when St. Patrick's Day became a national holiday, that the stout started flowing.</p></div></div>

St. Patrick’s Day FAQs

When is St. Patrick’s Day?

St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17 every year. In 2024, St. Patrick's Day will occur on a Sunday.

St. Patrick’s Day Dates

Year
Date
Day

2023

Mar 17

Friday

2024

Mar 17

Sunday

2025

Mar 17

Monday

2026

Mar 17

Tuesday

2027

Mar 17

Wednesday

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