10 questions on St. Patrick's Day
Why are people celebrating?
March 17th commemorates the Irish bishop St. Patrick. He was the first Christian missionary in Ireland and is considered the country's patron saint. St. Patrick's Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Montserrat, and the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Originally celebrations were muted, but by now they have developed into a global party.