March 17th is the death date of the most commonly recognized Saint in Ireland, St. Patrick. It is considered a religious and cultural holiday. Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early seventeenth century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church and Lutheran Church. The day commemorates the arrival of Christianity and St. Patrick and celebrates the culture of the Irish. The Lent restrictions are lifted on St. Patrick’s day, which is one of the reasons why it is commonly celebrated with alcohol consumption to a great extent!
In 1903 it became an official public holiday in Ireland, which was introduced by James O’Mara. He later introduced the law that required that pubs and bars be closed on 17 March after drinking got out of hand, a provision that was repealed in the 1970s. I think if that was introduced now, there would be a riot, especially in the United States! I have heard we celebrate the holiday more than Ireland itself. Maybe we are more outspoken or overzealous about it!
We hope you have the chance to celebrate this fun and historically rich day!
The Bella Casa Team