St. Patrick's Day

Held on March 17, St. Patrick's day is a cultural and religious festival celebrating the life of St. Patrick and the culture of the Irish people. St. Patrick's day is an official feast day in the Catholic Church and many Protestant Churches, allowing followers a respite from Lenten commitments such as food and alcohol restrictions.  The holiday was founded in Ireland during the 1600s and has a long and rich history.

Lithograph entitled: Saint Patrick's Day In America

Lithograph entitled: Saint Patrick's Day In America


Four Leaf Clover, a mutation that is considered a lucky charm in Ireland.

Four Leaf Clover, a mutation that is considered a lucky charm in Ireland.

Signs hang outside Irish pubs

Signs hang outside Irish pubs

Lithograph entitled: Saint Patricks Day. Showing scenes such as the birth of St. Patrick, his arrival in Ireland, the "Evils of Intemperance," the sun rising over a new society embracing the values of temperance (dance and tea parties), and the typical processions that mark St. Patrick's Day.

Lithograph entitled: Saint Patricks Day. Showing scenes such as the birth of St. Patrick, his arrival in Ireland, the "Evils of Intemperance," the sun rising over a new society embracing the values of temperance (dance and tea parties), and the typical processions that mark St. Patrick's Day.

Portrait of an Irish girl living in Connemara, Ireland.

Portrait of an Irish girl living in Connemara, Ireland.