Happy St Patrick’s Day 2019! Facts, history and how to celebrate the Irish date

Shamrocks, snakes and how a British slave became Ireland's patron saint

Erin go bragh! St Patrick’s Day is nearly here, with events in honour of the patron saint of Ireland set to take place across the globe this weekend.

Recognised annually since the 1700s, the people of Ireland celebrate their heritage and culture on St Patrick’s Day, with the day growing as a commercial occasion rather than a religious event in recent years.

While Ireland embraces its patron saint day by holding vibrant, green parades, wearing shamrocks and flying Irish flags more than usual, celebrations also take place in other countries around the world, including the UK, United States, Egypt and Australia.

Here is everything you need to know about St Patrick’s Day, from the patron saint himself…

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