St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in Ireland, Great Britain, USA, Canada, Argentina, Montserrat, Switzerland, Russia and some parts of Asia every 17th of March to commemorate St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, who died on March 17.
St. Patrick was known to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity. He has converted thousands by spending numerous years evangelising in the northern half of Ireland and used the shamrock or little clover to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan.
It is a custom to wear shamrocks and green clothing or accessories on St. Patrick’s Day. They call it “Wearing of the green” because colour green has been associated with Ireland since the 1640s when Irish Catholic Confederation used the green harp flag. Green also symbolises Irish nationalism when the Republican organisation United Irishmen used it when they launched a rebellion in 1798 against British rule. Their supporters were persecuted for wearing green. Thus a song entitled “Wearing the Green” was written to express their grief and sorrow.
From then on, attires, lights, beer, water fountains and rivers are in colour green during the St.Patrick’s Day celebration. People gather and dress up in green for the parades. Christians attend church services, and Lenten restrictions on drinking alcohol are lifted for that day.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
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