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RR: Who Was St. Patrick and Why Do We Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

What’s an “RR” Post?

One of those things we’re experimenting with on BBH is something I’m calling “Rerun” blog posts.

If you don’t know what those are and why I am doing them, then read this: Information Overload And The Invention Of Blog Post “Reruns” And “Marathons”.

NOTE: This post originally appeared here on March 15, 2013.

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Who was St. Patrick and why is St. Patrick’s Day celebrated?

St. Patrick was a Christian missionary who who lived from the late 4th century A.D. to the mid 5th century A.D. He is credited with the conversion of Ireland from paganism. 

Why do people wear green on St. Patrick’s Day?

Ireland’s nickname is “The Emerald Isle.” It got that nickname because the grass on the hills is so green. The reason everyone wears the color green on St. Patrick’s Day to honor “The Emerald Isle.”

Why is St. Patrick’s Day celebrated on March 17th?

It’s the day Saint Patrick died. It was chosen in recognition of him as the patron saint of Ireland. 

What is the difference between the way St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in Ireland compared to the way it’s celebrated elsewhere?

There is a big difference in the way it’s celebrated in Ireland versus how it’s celebrated in the U.S. and other places. In Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is a holy, religious time with praying,singing and dancing.

Outside Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is primarily a secular celebration of everything Irish.



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