Although St. Patrick is a saint in name only (he was never canonized by the Catholic Church), the day of his death has been recognized as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years. As it happens, the holiday of St. Patrick’s Day falls during the season of Lent when the consumption of meat is prohibited. However, on this day, the exclusion on meat was admonished. Traditional festivities include music, dancing drinking and eating Irish bacon and cabbage.
In 1737 the first St. Patrick’s celebration took place in the United States in Boston, but it wasn’t until 1762 that New York City held the first St. Patricks’ Day Parade. The first parade in Ireland was held over 100 years later in 1903. Though, St. Patrick’s Day is a National holiday in Ireland, New York City holds the biggest parade in the world followed by Dublin, Ireland then Sydney, Australia.