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Saint Patrick's Day

Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17th in the United States.  It is a holiday to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland “Saint Patrick”.  Everyone wears green and decorates their houses and stores with green shamrocks. Shamrock is another word for clover. Some people make green food and green drinks. Some cities dye their rivers green for that day. The typical Irish dish to eat is corned beef and cabbage. In Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is a religious holiday. Saint Patrick’s birthday is around the year 389 AD. He became a priest and a bishop. He performed miracles.

The legend is that he was responsible for driving all of the snakes out of Ireland. He passed away on March 17th and that is why we celebrate him on that day. Cities in the United States have parades to celebrate. Many people of Irish descent live in the United States. They love to celebrate their holiday. Some Irish people have last names that start with “O”, like O’Malley or O’Donnell. They also have names that start with “Mc”, like McDough. They are very proud to be Irish.