Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhuit...or Happy St. Patrick's Day!
St. Patrick was a rich kid from the 5th-century that belonged to a long line of British Catholic leaders. He was kidnapped by Irish raiders and spent six years in Ireland away from his native Britain where he found god. Upon finding god, he returned to Britain, got his priesthood on and returned to Ireland where he was responsible for eradicating pagan and druid culture on the islands. The idea that he was responsible for kicking out all the snakes from Ireland stems from that. He also used clovers to represent the holy trinity hence the association with the color green. Upon St. Patrick's death, food and alcohol normally banned because of lent was allowed for consumption. This explains all the drinking whenever March 17 comes around each year.
But did you know that St. Patrick's Day is celebrated in more places than just the United States and Ireland? The holiday is actually celebrated wherever there's an Irish presence (or once was one). Check out the best places to celebrate St. Patrick's Day around the world.