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The origin of St. Patrick’s Day

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St Patrick’s Day, also known as the Feast of Saint Patrick, is a day in which primarily Ireland where they have a cultural and religious celebration on the date that the patron saint of Ireland died, that being held on the 17th of March. Even though it’s traditionally celebrated overseas, it is also widely celebrated in the United States, mostly by people with Irish descent.

The great saint that the Irish celebrate, Saint Patrick, was a 5th-century Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. He later went on to become a priest and attempt to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity.

Music is often associated with St. Patrick’s Day and Irish culture in general. From ancient days of the Celts, music has been an important part of Irish life. The Celts had an oral culture, legend, and history was passed from one generation to the next.

The color green, the main symbol of St Patrick’s Day along with the shamrock, is a huge part of the culture behind St. Patrick’s Day. Back in the days when the saint was still alive, the St. Patrick’s revelers believed that wearing green made them invisible to the “evil leprechauns,” and that if they didn’t wear green they would get attacked by fairy creatures for not wearing the color green.

Today, part of the St Patrick’s day tradition is pinching people that don’t wear green on the holiday, symbolizing the old myths of the leprechauns and fairy creatures attacking.

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