St Patrick’s day which is also known as the Festival of Saint Patrick comes annually on the 17th of March on which date St Patrick who is the most commonly-recognized patron Saint of Ireland died. The essence of the feast is to commemorate St Patrick, celebrate the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and generally, the culture and heritage of the Irish People. It was made an Official Christian Feast in the early seventeenth century and is currently observed by the Catholic Church, The Eastern Orthodox Church, The Anglican Communion and the Lutheran Church.
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The festival is characterized by public parades and festivals, wearing of green attire or shamrocks as they are known and attending of church services for Christians. On this day, Lenten restrictions on drinking alcohol are lifted which has encouraged a continued tradition of consuming alcohol in large quantities. In the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Labrador and Newfoundland St Patrick’s Day is a national holiday. However, it is also celebrated by people of Irish origins in other parts of the world and especially in Canada, Great Britain, Argentina, The United States, Australia and New Zealand. The green Shamrock which has three leaves was used by St Patrick to explain the Holy Trinity to Irish pagans when he was introducing Christianity in the region.