What Is St. Patrick's Day?

St. Patrick's Day is an Irish religious holiday observed on March 17 for St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. In modern times, St. Patrick's Day is also a celebration of Irish culture and is commemorated by parades and wearing the color green.

March 17 is the anniversary of the death of St. Patrick, who died in the fifth century. St. Patrick is credited with bringing Christianity to the people of Ireland. The Irish have celebrated the holiday for more than 1,000 years. St. Patrick's Day falls during Lent, so many Irish families attend church in the morning and celebrate St. Patrick's Day in the afternoon. Irish bacon and cabbage is the traditional meal that Irish people consume on St. Patrick's Day.