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St Patrick’s Day 2016

St Patrick’s Day 2016

Every year on March 17, the Irish and the Irish-at-heart across the globe observe St. Patrick’s Day. What began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland has become an international festival celebrating Irish culture with parades, dancing, special foods and a whole lot of green.

St Patrick’s Day was originally a religious feast day for St Patrick – the patron saint of Ireland and a Christian missionary. St Patrick, the son of a deacon and the grandson of a priest, was actually not born Irish but is believed to have grown up in Roman Britain.

However, he is said to have spent many years in Ireland converting the pagans to Christianity before his death on March 17 in the fifth century.

Despite its origins, St Patrick’s Day has since grown into a global celebration of Irish culture, with festivities (usually, involving a fair bit of drinking) held throughout the world.

 

But why the Leprechaun?

Leprechauns are associated with St. Patrick’s Day, although the only reason they are is because they’re Irish. They are part of Irish folklore generally depicted as small bearded men with a taste for mischief.

The horse racing at Cheltenham Festival in Gloucestershire usually coincides with the annual celebration,nd this year is no different – with the four-day event taking place from March 15 to March 18 at Cheltenham Racecourse.

 

You can read more about the Cheltenham races here

 

Happy St Patrick’s Day!