St. Patrick´s Day is celebrated on March 17, his religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. St. Patrick was the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland.
The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over a thousand years.
On St. Patrick´s Day.which falls during the Christmas season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon.
Lenten prohibitions against the consuption of meat were waived and people would dance, drink and feast on the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage. The shamrock of three leaves is the national emblem of Ireland. The rare four leaves CLOVER it is said to be lucky and the leaves represent hope, faith, love and the fourth one, luck.