People of all backgrounds enjoy sharing in the fun of St. Patrick’s Day, Many Americans say “Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!” , Green is the national color of Ireland. It is a country covered with green grass and shamrocks., Shamrocks are small green plants with three leaves. , Many cities have St. Patrick’s Day parades and parties., St. Patrick’s Day has been celebrated for many years all over the world., In Ireland it is a national holiday, like Christmas and Easter., On March 17 most businesses are closed, and people go to Mass., St. Patrick’s Day honors the life of Saint Patrick. ,  He was born in 387 in Scotland. , At the age of 16, he was kidnapped by pirates and sold into slavery., He was a slave in Ireland for six years., Patrick became a Catholic priest and taught many Irish people about God., There are many stories about Saint Patrick. Some are fiction, some are fact., Saint Patrick died on March 17, 461. Many Christians wore shamrocks in his honor..

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