Today, March 17th, is Saint Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick’s Day display at All Saints Way. Photo by Matt Conti.

On this day, we celebrate Saint Patrick, the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland who lived during the fifth century. According to the History channel, he is credited with bringing Christianity to the Irish. On St. Patrick’s Day, Irish families traditionally attended church in the morning and celebrated in the afternoon. Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were waived and people would dance, drink and feast.

In Boston, it’s also Evacuation Day. On March 17, 1776, the British left Boston, ending an eight year occupation of the city. George Washington had fortifications and cannons placed on Dorchester Heights and the British, realizing they were indefensible, departed.

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This gives Bostonians an extra reason to celebrate today!

 

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