“There are only two kinds of people in the world, “The Irish and those who wish they were.” – Irish saying
St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17th each year. St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland.T\ March 17th is the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. By the time of his death, St.Patrick had established monasteries, churches, and schools. St. Patrick was born in Britain, kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave when he was 16. He eventually escaped and returned to Ireland. Saint Patrick trained as a priest and brought Christianity to Ireland. One of the most well-known legends of St. Patrick is that he explained the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) using the three leaves of the shamrock ☘️ It is believed that St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland. However, evidence suggests there never were any snakes in Ireland (?). Serpents are a symbol of evil. The and it is believed that the legend refers to and the driving out is a reference to Patrick’s mission to rid Ireland of pagan – or non-Christian- influence.
☘ Fun Facts☘
- Irish emigrants in the United States originally transformed St. Patrick’s Day into a large celebration of all things Irish. Cities with large numbers of Irish immigrants staged the most extensive celebrations and held elaborate parades.
- The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in America. Today, people of all backgrounds celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, not just in Ireland but also in the United States, Canada and Australia. In modern-day Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day has traditionally been a religious day.
- The Leprechaun is an icon of St. Patrick’s Day. Belief in leprechauns stems from Celtic belief in fairies, tiny men and women who had magical powers.
- Many people wear the colour green on St. Patrick’s Day, symbolising nationalism. Blue was originally the colour associated with Ireland. An American tradition says that wearing green was supposed to make you invisible to leprechauns (they would pinch anyone they could see not wearing green).
- The Irish flag is green, white and orange. The green symbolizing Irish nationalism, orange symbolizing the Orangemen of the north and the white symbolizing peace.