St. Patrick's Day March 17
Saint Patrick's Day, March 17

St. Patrick's Day was originally a Christian feast day held in honor of Saint Patrick, who helped spread Christianity through Ireland. Even still, it is celebrated by many different religions and churches. Some of these include the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Lutheran Church. Today it is celebrated every year on the 17th of March, the anniversary of the death of Saint Patrick.

St. Patrick's Day is a pretty popular holiday, with countries all over the world celebrating every year. Some of these countries include Canada, Great Britain, New Zealand, the United States, Argentina, Australia, and, of course, Ireland. Some traditions, such as the shamrock and the wearing of the green, have deeper meanings than most people realize. For instance, the shamrock was said to have been used by Saint Patrick to explain and symbolize the Holy Trinity; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The wearing of green most likely came from being the color of the shamrock and because Ireland was nicknamed "Emerald Isle".

Celebrations for St. Patrick's Day can vary. Many people attend parades. Some people like to have traditional Irish dishes, along with Irish beer and whiskey. Most people wear green, both for the celebration and out of the fear of being pinched! Some people like to decorate their homes or offices with green shamrocks. However you celebrate, be sure to remember the original meaning for St. Patrick's Day. Below are some items to make your St. Patrick's Day more exciting.

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