On March 17, we all become a little Irish, but do we know what is being celebrated? St. Patrick's day is more than just drinking green beer and eating green eggs and ham so we leave you with 7 fun facts to know about St. Patricks Day. Enjoy!
- St. Patricks Day is celebrated annually on March 17 to commemorate and celebrate the death of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385-461) the foremost patron saint of Ireland.
- Saint Patrick is one of the most famous Saints in Ireland, and is known to be the one who brought Christianity to Ireland and brought the shamrock 3-leaf-clover and liberated Ireland from te serpents. The festivity celebrates his death and has been a religious holiday in Ireland for more than 1,500 years.
- Ireland began to officially celebrate St. Patrick's Day in 1903. St. Patricks day began as just a solemn religious holiday, until the 60's where a law was passed that allowed pubs to open on St. Patties Day (another way to say St. Patrick's Day). St. Patrick's day was brought to the America's by the Irish immigrants who would celebrate the holiday as a way to reconnect with their homeland and help fight Irish discrimination.
- Saint Patrick was actually not Irish nor was his real name Patrick: he was born with the name of Maewyn Succat, the patron saint of Ireland was actually British. According to the myth he was sold as a slave to Ireland in his adolescent years. He became very religious and escaped England, he was ordained as a priest with the name of Patrick and began to convert the Irish Paganism Celtics into Christianity.
- It is said that Saint Patrick liberated Ireland from the serpents. The serpents are metaphorically referring to the paganism that was eradicated by Saint Patrick.
- Saint Patrick would use a shamrock (3-leaf-clover) as a means for him to better explain the Holy-Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) to the Irish people. Saint Patrick founded several churches, schools, and monasteries, and made the shamrock popular.
- Green is one of the three colors on the Irish flag, Ireland is also known as the Emerald Island, because of its lush, green countryside, and green is the color of Spring and the Shamrock clover.
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