St Patrick’s Day 2021: Who was St Patrick? Why is he the patron saint of Ireland?
St Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland as the whole country gathers to celebrate their patron saint. As well as Ireland, St Patrick’s Day is a big thing in some other countries too, including the US, Canada and Japan. The US has a substantial Irish-American population due to mass immigration in the 19th century during which Irish people fled to America to escape a devastating potato famine. Since then, the US has adopted St Patrick’s Day and commemorates the special occasion with parades, street parties and designated events.