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Thursday, March 17, 2011
History of St. Patricks Day:
St. Patrick's Day is celebrated each year on March 17th. This day marks the anniversary of his death in the fifth century.
As St. Patrick is the figure most prominently associated with bringing Christianity to Ireland, St. Patrick's Day is celebrated by the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland as a solemnity and holy day of obligation. The holiday is also officially celebrated by the Church of Ireland, the Irish branch of the Anglican Communion. The day is marked with special liturgical programs and a breaking of Lenten fasts.
The shamrock's association with St. Patrick's Day comes from the popular myth that says St. Patrick used the three leaves of the plant to explain Catholicism's holy trinity to the Irish.
The holiday is also widely celebrated as a secular celebration of Irish culture. More than 100 St. Patrick's Day parades are held across the United States. New York City and Boston are home to the largest celebrations. Cities around the world hold St. Patrick's Day parades and festivals to mark the occasion, with many people participating in the "wearing of the green."