Saint Patrick’s Day (Gaelic: Lá ’le Pádraig or Lá Fhéile Pádraig), is the annual feast day which celebrates Saint Patrick (circa 385–461 AD), one of Ireland’s patron saints. As one of the island’s earliest Christian missionaries, St. Patrick is widely credited with converting Ireland to Roman Catholicism. Today, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated worldwide.
Fun fact: St. Patrick’s blue, not green, was the color long associated with St. Patrick. Green, the color most widely associated with Ireland and with St. Patrick’s Day, may have gained prominence through the phrase “the wearing of the green” meaning to wear a shamrock on one’s clothing.
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