History of St. Patrick’s Day

History of St. Patricks Day

Harper Tonnesen, Reporter

St. Patrick’s day is celebrated annually on March 17 by people all over the world. Families participate in Irish traditions to celebrate and some schools decorate their hallways and classrooms.


March 17 is the anniversary of St. Patrick’s death in the fifth century. In Ireland, St. Patrick’s day has been recognized as a religious holiday for over 1000 years. Most Irish families would attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. 


St Patrick is the Patron Saint of Ireland and its national apostle. He was born in Roman Britain and kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave at 16. He escaped later on, but returned back to Ireland to bring Christianity to its people.


Originally, people celebrated St. Patrick’s day to honor St. Patrick and all the accomplishments he had done leading up to his death. Nowadays in the U.S., the holiday is very modernized, but still celebrated.