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Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated worldwide
18:29, 17 March 2017
Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated worldwide

Catholic Church is celebrating the Feast of Saint Patrick on March 17

18:29, 17 March 2017

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Saint Patrick's Day is the Irish traditional celebration with British roots. It is held to commemorate Ireland’s patron Saint Patrick. According to the story, he drove all snakes out of Ireland and brought Christianity in Ireland. 

On March 17 (March 30 by Orthodox tradition) people honored the memory of baptist and saint patron of Ireland. 

Google has also made a doodle on this occasion.

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The celebration has long spread outside Emerald Isle and is traditionally held on March 17 in many countries of the world.

The fest is not only honored by Irish people living all around the world, but also those who have a liking for Irish culture. Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, songs and dances in memory of Irish patron saint. 

The holiday was established at the beginning of XVII century, when it was approved by the church. From a religious point of view, this day symbolizes the transition from paganism to Christianity. Irish people traditionally honor the cultural heritage of their motherland, dressing in green clothes and or just decorating themselves with Shamrock - national symbol and talisman, metaphor for the Christian Holy Trinity. At this day people usually perform Irish dances and songs.

Apart from Ireland, the most fancy events of March 17 are happening in New York, Buenos Aires and Melbourne. Ukraine has also become quite fond of this fest recently. Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated with parties, parades and festivals in Ukrainian cities.

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