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St Patrick’s Day and where it originated Posted On 16 March 2018

Celebrated on March 17th 2018 St Patrick’s Day is the day when you are not judged for drinking a few pints of Guinness or wearing a pretty green number with an outrageously oversized hat!

St Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in the Northern and Republic of Ireland and is widely celebrated around the world. It even happens to fall on a Saturday this year, allowing for a relaxing hungover Sunday.

So people dress in green and drink Guinness but where did St Patrick’s Day originate? The day itself was originally marked as a religious holiday which celebrates the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and involved church services, feasts and alcohol.

St Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. Surprisingly Patrick isn’t actually his birth name and he wasn’t born in Ireland either, he was however sold into slavery in Ireland as a child and then went on to become a Priest and changed his name to Patrick.

Patrick went on to become an influencer of Christianity and now St Patrick’s Day is celebrated on the 17th March every year as it is believed that he died on March 17th 461 AD.

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