Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

March 17 461 AD the day Saint Patrick of Ireland died is celebrated by all people of Irish descent until today. It is a celebration that has been continued since the 1600s. This day is dedicated to the patron saint of Ireland, a priest who made a great impact on the spreading of Christianity across Ireland. St. Patrick’s life showed perseverance and determination during harsh times as he traveled from Ireland to England when he studied there as a priest then back to the coast of Ireland where he started his mission in spreading Christianity.St. Patrick's Day

Due to the widespread of Christianity through the Roman Catholic Church and the Spanish and Portuguese expeditions in the 1700s and 1800s, not only Ireland observes the celebration of St. Patrick’s day but all countries having Roman Catholicism as majority of the population’s religion. Countries like Italy, Mexico, Philippines and even the United States where a community Irish Immigrants celebrate the St Patrick’s Day every year.

Today, the catholic tradition of celebrating St Patrick’s Day is part of the liturgical calendar of the Catholic Church. The most common tradition during St. Patrick’s Day is association with the color green where people wear a green ribbon or a shamrock symbolizing the 3 person of the Holy Trinity, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. St. Patrick’s devotion to church tradition has made great impact only religious practices of modern day Catholics. Although St. Patrick was supposedly associated with the color blue in past, the tradition of wearing green was introduced and now practiced and continued over the years even up to modern society. Today the most common tradition of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day is going to Mass and participating in the Roman Catholic Sacraments practiced by Catholics all over the world.

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