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  • St. Patrick’s Day is coming up this month, and here are a few fun facts about the holiday and Irish culture to help get you in that lucky holiday spirit.
  • This holiday commemorates St. Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland.
  • It also celebrates Irish heritage and culture in general.
  • Celebrations often include public parades and festivals, and the wearing of the color green.
  • Why green? Wearing green and sporting shamrocks is a nod to St. Patrick because he is said to have used the three-leafed shamrock plant to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish.
  • St. Patrick’s Day became an official public holiday in Ireland in 1903.
  • The very first St. Patrick’s Day parade was also held in 1903 in Waterford.