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Celebrating St. Patrick's Day

Did You Know?

Although St. Patrick is given credit for driving the snake population of the Emerald Isle into the Irish Sea, snakes have never been indigenous to Ireland [source: Locantore].

It's a time-honored tradition to celebrate the anniversary of a saint's death with a day of feasting and festivities. Some saints have a more dedicated following than others, though, and St. Patrick as the patron saint of Ireland is a big favorite, both in the U.S. and abroad. St. Patrick was a fifth-century Christian missionary recognized for converting many Irish pagans to Christianity. And although the Irish in Dublin honor the holiday with a weeklong festival, in other locations it's typically a day-long affair occurring on March 17.

It may all be blarney, but St. Patrick has been credited with teaching the concept of the holy trinity using a three-leaf clover. If your children insist on wearing green and sporting four leaf clovers, don't be too concerned. Celebrating Irish culture is part of the fun of the holiday.

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