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Saint Patrick's Day is a cultural and religious observance marking the death anniversary of Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland. Born around the 4th century, his legacy has remained prominent in the cultural identity of Irish people worldwide, including those in Australia. The day is a commemoration of the Catholic saint who is believed to have introduced Christianity, specifically Catholicism, to Ireland. Celebrations often include public parades, festivals, formal church services, and the wearing of green attire or accessories – a tradition known as "the wearing of the green".
The relevance of Saint Patrick's Day in Australia can be attributed to the country's substantial Irish immigrant population. In the late 18th and throughout the 19th century, many Irish individuals and families emigrated to Australia, largely due to the Great Famine in Ireland. They brought with them their culture, traditions, and religious beliefs, including the veneration of Saint Patrick. Today, the event provides an opportunity for Australians of Irish descent, and others, to celebrate Irish heritage and culture.
On Saint Patrick's Day, various Australian cities and towns, including Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, host vibrant parades and community festivals. Various landmarks, including the Sydney Opera House, have been illuminated in green as part of the "global greening" initiative. Australian schools and community groups often organise activities involving Irish music, dance, and food, further deepening the bond between Australia and its Irish past. Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated annually on March 17.
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