St Patrick’s Day

St Patrick's Day 
Today is St. Patrick’s Day. Although parades around the world have been canceled to help contain the coronavirus outbreak, the holiday can still be enjoyed in a number of other ways.

Sarah DiGregorio’s pressure cooker corned beef and cabbage.

Do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, whether you’re Irish or not? Do you dress in green garb, perform Celtic step dancing or play traditional music with loved ones? Does your family prepare a special feast? What foods do you eat?
What are some of your favorite memories of the holiday?

Tell us in the comments, then read the related article, which features a plethora of Irish recipes.

Saint Patrick's Day History

Saint Patrick was a 5th-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. Much of what is known about Saint Patrick comes from the Declaration, which was allegedly written by Patrick himself. It is believed that he was born in Roman Britain in the fourth century, into a wealthy Romano-British family. His father was a deacon and his grandfather was a priest in the Christian church. According to the Declaration, at the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Gaelic Ireland.[15] It says that he spent six years there working as a shepherd and that during this time he "found God". The Declaration says that God told Patrick to flee to the coast, where a ship would be waiting to take him home. After making his way home, Patrick went on to become a priest.
According to tradition, Patrick returned to Ireland to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity. The Declaration says that he spent many years evangelising in the northern half of Ireland and converted "thousands". Patrick's efforts against the druids were eventually turned into an allegory in which he drove "snakes" out of Ireland, despite the fact that snakes were not known to inhabit the region.
Tradition holds that he died on 17 March and was buried at Downpatrick. Over the following centuries, many legends grew up around Patrick and he became Ireland's foremost saint.
Saint Patrick's Day
A stained glass window depicts Saint Patrick dressed in a green robe with a halo about his head, holding a sham rock in his right hand and a staff in his left.
Saint Patrick depicted in a stained-glass window at Saint Benin's Church, Ireland
Official nameSaint Patrick's Day
Also called
  • Feast of Saint Patrick
  • Lá Fhéile Phádraig
  • Patrick's Day
  • (St) Paddy's Day
  • (St) Patty's Day (Chiefly North America; considered incorrect by some Irish)[1][2]
Observed by
TypeEthnic, national, Christian
SignificanceFeast day of Saint Patrick,
commemoration of the arrival of Christianity in Ireland[3]
ObservancesAttending mass or service
Date17 March
Next time17 March 2020