The saint behind Saint Patrick’s Day

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Everyone celebrates, even if they aren’t even a little Irish!


According to https://www.britannica.com/topic/Saint-Patricks-Day, the Feast Day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is celebrated on March 17.

“Born in Roman Britain in the late 4th century, he was kidnapped at the age of 16 and taken to Ireland as a slave. He escaped but returned about 432 CE to convert the Irish to Christianity. By the time of his death on March 17, 461, he had established monasteries, churches, and schools.”

One of the most common stories about the man thought to be St. Patrick is that he drove the snakes out of Ireland. He is also credited with using the shamrock, a three-leaf variety of clover, to explain the Holy Trinity of God, consisting of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, all separate (leaves) but all one (plant).

In Ireland, St. Patrick is celebrated with feasts and religious services, and in the United States, celebrations abound, but there are a lot of traditions and beliefs about the holiday that have morphed over the centuries. Do you want to discover the truth behind those myths? Check out https://www.history.com/news/st-patricks-day-myths-debunked.

This year, Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated on a Thursday.