What is St. Patrick's Day?

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Do you have any green clothes? This might be the day to wear them!

Saint Patrick's day is a Roman Catholic and Irish holiday that happens every March 17th. It has become so popular that many people around the world that are not Irish or Roman Catholic also like to celebrate it.

The holiday celebrates Saint Patrick, who lived in Ireland a long time ago (He was born sometime around the year 385!) He was a missionary, which means he went around teaching people about his religious beliefs.

Patrick may be most famous for a legend that tells how he drove all of the snakes out of Ireland, making them slither into the sea. This has made him a hero in Irish myths and culture. A lot of people think this legend didn't really happen because Ireland is an island, and snakes are hard to find there anyway.

There are many ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Big cities often have parades. Maybe there's one near you! Also, people dress up in green, sing traditional Irish songs and eat Irish food. It may sound gross, but the Chicago River is even dyed green for the celebration! 

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    The Shamrock and the Color Green
    Have you ever heard of a shamrock? A shamrock is a type of cloverleaf with three leaflets (or tiny leaves). A very common story about Patrick tells that he used a shamrock to help explain some ideas of his Christian beliefs.

    According to the story, each leaflet represents a part of the Holy Trinity. The word “trinity” means a group of three. Christians believe that God actually has three parts: God, the Father, who created the world; Jesus, his son; and the Holy Spirit, which is the spirit of God. Together, they make the Holy Trinity, the same way each leaflet makes up a part of one cloverleaf.

    When people think of St. Patrick, they often think of shamrocks. Because of this, shamrocks and their green color are very popular decorations around St. Patrick's Day.





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    Luck of the Irish!
    Have you seen a shamrock on your lawn or maybe in a park? These types of cloverleaves are very common and found in a lot of places. Most of the time you will find they have three leaflets, but sometimes, if you look hard enough, you will find a one with four leaflets. This is known as a “four-leaf clover”!

    Many people think a four-leaf clover is a sign of good luck. Next time you see a patch of cloverleaves, see if any of them have four leaflets. Even if it doesn't make you any luckier, finding one of these rare cloverleaves is pretty special!


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