Saint Patrick

March 17 is the Feast of Saint Patrick (Latin: Patricius; Proto-Irish: Qatrikias; Modern Irish: Pádraig; Welsh: Padrig; c. 387 – 17 March c. 460 or c. 492). He was a Romano-British Christian missionary and Bishop in Ireland. Known as the “Apostle of Ireland”, he is the primary patron saint of the island along with Saints Brigid and Columba.
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Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early seventeenth century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church and Lutheran Church. The holiday commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as Irish heritage and culture in general.

The day generally involves public parades and festivals, céilithe (a traditional Gaelic social gathering, which usually involves playing Gaelic folk music and dancing), and wearing of green attire or shamrocks. Christians also attend church services and the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day.

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