Saint of the day: St. Patrick – But why is Saint Patrick’s Day celebrated on March 17?
Have you ever wondered why St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17 specifically? As it turns out, it is celebrated today because that is the day St. Patrick himself died. The man who brought Christianity to Ireland is believed to have passed away in the small village of Saul in 461 AD, not far from the town of Downpatrick in Co. Down where he is reputedly buried.
The date was only officially enshrined in canon law as a holy day by the Vatican in 1631 and was supposedly first celebrated on American shores in 1737 when wealthy members of Boston’s Irish community threw a party to welcome newly arrived Irish immigrants.
Over the years, St Patrick’s Day has grown from a solemn feast day, when pubs shut in Ireland, to the global celebration of Irish culture and heritage as we know today. With lots of pubs wide open and full of people…
Today, several spots in the Hungarian capital have turned green on Saint Patrick’s Day, the national day celebrating Ireland’s patron saint, on March 17, Sunday in 2019.
Saint Patrick’s Day (in Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, “the Day of the Festival of Patrick”), is a cultural and religious celebration held on this day being the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.
Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century.
This day is also a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
It is celebrated by the Irish diaspora all around the world, especially in the UK, Canada, United States, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, and New Zealand. However, many other countries have joined in through recent years, just like Hungary.
Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated in more countries than any other national festival.
Please watch this cheerful video how Saint Patrick’s Day was celebrated in the streets of Budapest last year!