Did you know? Shamrocks bring families the luck of the Irish on St.
Patrick's Day or any day.   BUT do you know that there is no such thing
as a shamrock plant? The word shamrock comes from the Irish word
seamrog, meaning little clover. In Ireland, the plant most often referred
to as shamrock is the white clover.
Saint Patrick's Day (Irish: Lá ’le Pádraig or Lá Fhéile Pádraig), also known as St.
Paddy's Day or Paddy's Day, is an annual feast day which celebrates
Saint Patrick (circa
385–461 AD), one of the patron saints of
Ireland, and is generally celebrated on March 17.
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The day is the national holiday of
Ireland. It is a bank holiday in Northern Ireland and a
public holiday in the
Republic of Ireland and Montserrat. In Canada, Great Britain,
Australia, USA and New Zealand, it is widely celebrated but is not an official holiday.

It became a feast day in the Roman Catholic Church due to the influence of the
Waterford-born Franciscan scholar Luke Wadding in the early part of the 17th century,
and is a holy day of obligation for Roman Catholics in
Ireland. The feast day usually falls
during Lent; if it falls on a Friday of Lent (unless it is Good Friday), the obligation to abstain
from eating meat (usually corned beef) can be lifted by the local bishop. The date of the
feast is occasionally, yet controversially, moved by church authorities when March 17 falls
during Holy Week; this happened in 1940 when Saint Patrick's Day was observed on April 3
in order to avoid it coinciding with Palm Sunday, and happened again in 2008, having
been observed on 15 March. March 17 will not fall during Holy Week again until 2160


Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated worldwide by Irish people and increasingly by non-Irish
people (usually in Australia and North America). Celebrations are generally themed
around all things Irish and the colour green. Both Christians and non-Christians celebrate
the secular version of the holiday by wearing green or orange, eating Irish food and/or
green foods, drinking Irish drink (such as Guinness or Baileys Irish Cream) and attending

The St. Patrick's Day parade was first held in Boston in 1761, organised by the Charitable
Irish Society. The first recorded parade was New York City's celebration which began on 18
March 1762 when Irish soldiers in the English military marched through the city with their
music. The New York parade is the largest parade and can draw two million spectators
and 150,000 marchers. The predominantly French-speaking Canadian city of Montreal, in
the province of Québec has the longest continually running Saint Patrick's day parade in
North America, since 1824; The city's flag has the Irish emblem, the shamrock, in one of its
corners. Ireland's cities all hold their own parades and festivals, including Dublin, Cork,
Belfast, Derry, Galway, Kilkenny, Limerick, and Waterford. Parades also take place in other
Irish towns and villages. The St. Patrick's Day parade in Dublin, Ireland is part of a five-day

As well as being a celebration of Irish culture, Saint Patrick's Day is a Christian festival
celebrated in the Catholic Church, the Church of Ireland, and some other
denominations. The day almost always falls in the season of Lent. Some bishops will grant
an indult, or release, from the Friday no-meat observance when St. Patrick's Day falls on a
Friday; this is sometimes known as a "corned-beef indult". When 17 March falls on a
Sunday, church calendars (though rarely secular ones) move Saint Patrick's Day to the
following Monday—and when the 17th falls during Holy Week (very rarely), the
observance will be moved to the next available date or, exceptionally, before holy
week. The public holiday in
Ireland does not move and always remains at 17 March,
being fixed on the State calendar.

In many parts of North America, Britain, and Australia, expatriate Irish and ever-growing
crowds of people with no Irish connections but who may proclaim themselves "Irish for a
day" also celebrate St. Patrick's Day, usually with the consumption of traditionally Irish
alcoholic beverages (beer and stout, such as Murphy's, Beamish, Smithwicks, Harp, or
Guinness; Irish whiskey; Irish coffee; or Baileys Irish Cream) and by wearing green-coloured


According to legend,
St. Patrick used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the
Holy Trinity to the pre-Christian Irish.

St. Patrick's Blue, not green, was the colour long-associated with St. Patrick. Green, the
colour most widely associated with
Ireland, with Irish people, and with St. Patrick's Day in
modern times, may have gained its prominence through the phrase "the wearing of the
green" meaning to wear a shamrock on one's clothing. At many times in Irish history, to do
so was seen as a sign of Irish nationalism or loyalty to the Roman Catholic faith.
St. Patrick
used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pre-Christian
Irish. The wearing of and display of shamrocks and shamrock-inspired designs have
become a ubiquitous feature of the saint's holiday. The change to Ireland's association
with green rather than blue probably began around the 1750s

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