Saint Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated annually on March 17th, the death date of the most commonly-recognized patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrating the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. Saint Patrick’s Day, although not a legal holiday is nonetheless widely recognized and celebrated throughout the Untied States. It is primarily celebrated as a recognition of Irish and Irish American culture. Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks. Saint Patrick is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish. Green ribbons and shamrocks have been worn on Saint Patrick’s Day since at least the 1680s. Traditionally, those who are caught not wearing green are pinched “affectionately”. The holiday has been celebrated on the North American continent since the late 18th century. In every year since 1991, March has been proclaimed Irish-American Heritage Month by the US Congress or President due to the date of Saint Patrick’s Day. Today in the United States Saint Patrick’s Day is widely celebrated by Irish and non-Irish alike. For most Irish-Americans, this holiday is both religious and festive. So make sure you wear your green and have a wonderful day!!