Saint Patrick’s Day, also known as the Feast of Saint Patrick, is a cultural and religious celebration held on the 17th of March each year. This is the death date of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Lutheran Church. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, or pretty much celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. St. Patrick’s Day is a legal holiday in many countries around the world. While not a legal holiday in the United States, St. Patrick’s Day is still celebrated all over the country. It is a celebration of Irish and Irish American culture and includes wearing and displaying the color green, eating and drinking (the drinking part is for grown-ups), religious services, and parades. The holiday has been celebrated on the North American continent since the late eighteenth century. We went out to dinner at an Italian restaurant tonight and people were drinking green beer (my mom doesn’t like beer and my dad didn’t drink any). Mom and I wore green dresses, even though we are obviously not Irish. We had fun and my brother was even tolerable tonight, so it was a good night. Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!