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Saint Patrick was revered in Ireland St Patrick’s Day Irish Gnome and Captain Morgan shirt for bringing Christianity to the island. Remembering the date of his death on March 17th has taken place for centuries. That date was recognized as one of 35 feast and fasting days in Ireland since the fifteenth century. Pope Urban VIII added Saint Patrick’s Day to the church calendar in 1631. Events of Pattern Day, a corruption of “patron saint” day, included pilgrimages to a well or chapel or some other location said to have a connection to Patrick where prayers were said and perhaps a mass was celebrated. Over time, markets and fairs began to arise coinciding with the feast day.
During the Reformation, these civic St Patrick’s Day Irish Gnome and Captain Morgan shirt events may have been used to disguise what was essentially an outlawed Roman Catholic celebration. In 1695, Parliament replaced many Catholic saints’ days with holidays based on Protestant teachings. St. Patrick’s Days was among them. The law was not strictly enforced and the Irish continued to celebrate the day by wearing a green ribbon or shamrock. In time, St. Patrick’s Day was returned to the calendar. St. Patrick’s Festival. The five-day celebration features parades, concerts, street theater, family carnivals, comedy, street performances, dance, a treasure hunt, and fireworks culminating on March 17 with the St. Patrick’s Day parade. The largest celebration outside of Dublin is held in Downpatrick, County Down, where Saint Patrick is buried. Today, St. Patrick’s feast day is a national public holiday in Ireland.