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Millions of people celebrate St. Patrick's Day every year to honor those of Irish descent and the late St. Patrick, who is accredited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. Even though it is considered an Irish holiday, the people in Ireland were not the first to hold St. Patrick's Day parades or other elaborate festivities on March 17th.
The United States is famous for making St. Patrick's Day a celebratory occasion full of parades, food, and fun, and today, over 200 countries celebrate Irish people and the story of St. Patrick every March 17th. The history of St. Patrick's Day is fascinating and the love for the holiday has only grown throughout the past few decades, so come join us as we explore the complex history of this national holiday!