Thousands celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day

THOUSANDS of people celebrated Saint Patricks Day last weekend. 

Saint Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland.

The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish.

Celebrations across the world usually include public parades, parties and festivals and usually people dress up in green clothes and wear shamrocks.

Saint Patrick used the shamrock to teach about the Holy Trinity
Saint Patrick used the shamrock to teach about the Holy Trinity. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Every nation has its own ‘Patron Saint’ who in times of great peril is called upon to help save the country from its enemies.

St David is the patron saint of Wales, St Andrew of Scotland and St George is the patron saint of England.

The anniversary of his death, which is on April 23, is seen as England’s national day.

According to legend, he was a soldier in the Roman army who killed a dragon and saved a princess.

Unlike St Patricks day, on St Georges day people go to work as normal, although in recent years there’s been a push to make the day a national holiday in England.

Campaigners say it’s not fair, as Ireland gets a bank holiday for St Patrick’s Day and Scotland gets a day off for St Andrew’s Day.

By Grace Williams (_@_gracemarie), Harry Matthews (@Harrymatthews__), Sarah Coward (@sarahcoward95 ) and Laura Stockdale (@LauraaStockdale)