Saint Patrick’s Day: The History of The Celebrated Holiday

Mia Zaris '23, Staff Writer

St. Patrick’’s Day is a very popular day of festivities and celebrations.  The day’s origin comes from St. Patrick, patron saint of Ireland. He was born in Roman Britain in the late 4th century.  At the age of 16, he was kidnapped and taken to Ireland as a slave. St. Patrick escaped but returned in about 432 CE to convert the Irish to Christianity. By the time of his death on March 17, 461, he had established monasteries, churches, and schools. Ireland came to celebrate his day with religious services and feasts. Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated on Thursday, March 17, 2022.  Both Irish and non-Irish participate in the “wearing of the green”.  Corned beef and cabbage are associated with the holiday.