St Patricks day on the 17th of March celebrates St Patrick the patron saint of Ireland. St Patrick was kidnapped at the age of 16 and taken to Ireland as a slave; he escaped however, he returned to convert the Irish to Christianity. He established monasteries, churches, and schools. Many legends grew up around him—for example, that he drove the snakes out of Ireland and used the shamrock to explain the Trinity. Ireland has come to celebrate his day with religious services and feasts. Although blue was the colour traditionally associated with St. Patrick, green is now commonly connected with the day. The tradition is tied to folklore that says wearing green makes you invisible to leprechauns, who like to thieve from anyone they can see. Some people also think sporting the colour will bring good luck, and others wear it to honour their Irish ancestry. Chicago River in Illinois is even dyed green each year to celebrate the holiday! 

This year there are many festivals and events to celebrate St Patricks day such as comedy in the Camden Club, a green themed festival in Trafalgar Square with the best of Irish arts, culture, food and music or a classic 5k run in Hyde Park where kilts are welcome but not mandatory. No matter your age, gender or hobbies, there's something for everyone this St Patricks day so throw on a green outfit so throw on an outfit and celebrate the history that makes Ireland what it is today!