st. patrick’s day

St. Patrick's Day around the world

St. Patrick's Day began as a religious holiday to honor the saint who, in the fifth century, introduced Christianity to Ireland. The holiday is being celebrated around the world with parades, shamrocks and all things green.  

St. Patrick's Day by the numbers

When you suit up in green and head to the St. Patrick's Day parade or your favorite Irish bar to celebrate, dropping these facts and figures about the holiday's origins will impress your fellow revelers!

On this day: March 17

St. Patrick's Day comes to America, the British flee Boston, Jimi Hendrix releases "Purple Haze," and white voters in South Africa vote overwhelmingly to end apartheid, all on this day.