The Meaning Behind St Patrick's Day

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You've probably come to associate St Patrick's Day with wearing green. But there is a deep, religious meaning behind the holiday.

Bar patrons started celebrating St Patrick's Day early at O' Bannon's Tap House in Northgate. News 3 asked them if they knew the meaning of St Patrick's Day and many said no.

"We started at 10 AM in our pajamas," said Katelin Heiligman, who didn't know the meaning of St Patrick's Day but thought it involved drinking.

"No but I'm Irish so I just act like I do and drink all day," said Meredith Minnix.

"To be completely honest, I just celebrate it, but I believe it's when St Patrick ran all the snakes out of Ireland," said Gil Velasquez.

St Patrick is most known for driving the snakes from Ireland, but many historians say that's more of a myth and symbolic of St Patrick putting an end to pagan practice In Ireland. He is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland.

Now St Patrick's Day has come to be associated with everything Irish. The colors green and gold, shamrocks, and luck. Celebrations include parades, and parties with music, songs, food and drink.