Saint Patrick

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St. Patrick’s Day is a religious holiday celebrated on the 17th of March each year in commemoration of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.  Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official feast in the 17th century AD. While it was celebrated as a religious festival, nowadays this festival has taken on a more secular hue. Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated as a public holiday in Ireland and is also celebrated in countries that have a large population of Irish settlers like Britain, Canada, United States of America, Australia, New Zealand and Argentina.

Saint Patrick’s Feast day had started growing in significance in Ireland during the 9th and 10th century AD, this day was later on added to the Catholic church calendar once Saint Patrick was recognized as the patron saint of Ireland. People celebrate this day by attending church, wearing green attire and costumes and by partying. This day is also seen as a day when the Lent restrictions are lifted, allowing people to eat, drink and make merry.

Life of Saint Patrick:-

There is not much that is known about the life of Saint Patrick, other than the fact that he was born in the 4th century to a wealthy British family. He was kidnapped at the young age of 16 by raiders who took him to Ireland and into slavery. It is said that Saint Patrick, had a dream in which God spoke to him and asked him to flee and aboard a ship that would take him back to Britain. Saint Patrick returned to Britain where he joined the church and studied to be a priest.

In the year 432 He is said to have gone back to Ireland as a Bishop and worked to Christianize the country where he died on 17th of March 461 and was buried in the town of Downpatrick.

Tradition of wearing Green:-

The color green has long been associated with Saint Patrick and St. Patrick’s Day. This tradition and the association of green, the shamrock leaf and St. Patrick’s day is said to be because Saint Patrick used the shamrock leaf to explain about the holy trinity while preaching in Ireland. The custom of wearing green clothing and shamrock leaves on ones clothes took root and has now become an integral part of the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Saint Patrick’s Day Parade:-

Saint Patrick’s Day is known for its celebrations and parades, where people dress up in green costumes, eat, drink and make merry. The first known Saint Patrick’s day parade was held in the year 1931 in Dublin.

St patricks day parade

St Patrick's day Parade

Nowadays people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by partying through the night, dancing and drinking beer. People specially flock to Irish pubs to drink beer and make merry on this day. Today, St. Patrick ’s Day is celebrated in many countries like Canada, Britain, USA, Argentina, Japan, Korea, Australia and many more countries where people organize St. Patrick’s day parades and have fun.

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