We all love St. Patrick’s Day! It’s just a fun holiday. But do you know what we’re celebrating?
St. Patrick’s Day honors the patron saint of Ireland. Born in Britain in the fifth century (which was under Roman rule), he was kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave as a teenager. He escaped, but then returned to Ireland. He brought Christianity to Ireland, and died March 17, 461.
I myself have often wondered why a three-leaf clover is so intertwined with St. Patrick’s Day. It comes from a legend, of course, which may or may not be 100% true. That legend is that Patrick explained the Holy Trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit using the three leaves of a native Irish clover -- the shamrock.
The holiday has become a celebration of Irish culture: lots of parades, good food, music and dancing. Interestingly, St. Patrick’s Day parades didn’t start in Ireland, but rather in the United States.
For more about the history of Saint Patrick, his feast day, and some fun facts, check out the stories below:
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