The website, timeanddate.com, explains that St. Patrick’s Day is a global celebration of the Irish culture. It particularly remembers St Patrick, one of Ireland’s patron saints, who ministered Christianity in Ireland during the fifth century. The holiday is fixed on March 17, but is sometimes moved by Catholic Church authorities. For example, this happened in 1940, so that the celebrations would not fall on Palm Sunday, and again in the year 2008 because of Holy Monday, the last Monday before Easter Sunday.
What Do People Do?
St Patrick’s Day is celebrated in many parts of the world, especially by Irish communities and organizations. Many people wear an item of green clothing on the day. Parties featuring Irish food and drinks that are dyed in green food color are part of this celebration. It is a time when children can indulge in sweets and adults can enjoy a “pint” of beer at a local pub. Many restaurants and pubs offer Irish food or drink, which include:
- Irish brown bread.
- Corned beef and cabbage.
- Beef and Guinness pie.
- Irish cream chocolate mousse cake.
- Irish coffee.
- Irish potato champ, also known as poundies, cally or pandy.
- Irish stew.
- Irish potato soup.
Some people plan a pilgrimage to St Patrick’s Purgatory, which is commonly associated with penance and spiritual healing since the early 13th century. It is on Station Island in Lough Derg in County Donegal where St Patrick had a vision promising that all who came to the sanctuary in penitence and faith would receive a pardon for their sins.
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unknown. (n.d.). St. patrick’s day. Retrieved March 13, 2016, from timeanddate.com: http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/common/st-patrick-day