What is the Story of St. Patrick Day?
One of Ireland’s patron saints is Saint Patrick. In or around the year 493, he is reported to have died on March 17.
He was born and raised in Roman Britain, but when he was a young adult, he was kidnapped by Irish pirates and sold into slavery in Ireland.
He returned to his family after a few years and, like his father and grandfather before him, entered the church. Later, as a missionary, he went to Ireland and worked in the north and west.
St. Patrick is said to have rid Ireland of snakes, according to mythology. Snakes, on the other hand, are assumed to have been extinct in Ireland since the last ice age.
The “snakes” who were expelled from Ireland by St Patrick may have been druids or pagan devotees of snake or serpent gods.
In Downpatrick, Ireland, he is believed to be buried beneath Down Cathedral. St Brigid and St Columba are Ireland’s other patron saints.
The shamrock is the most widely used St. Patrick’s Day symbol. The shamrock is a cloverleaf and a Holy Trinity symbol.
The Republic of Ireland flag is frequently featured in St Patrick’s Day parades around the world, and many people prefer to wear green. At St. Patrick’s Day gatherings, Irish-themed cocktails are popular.
Snakes, serpents, and the Celtic cross are all religious symbols. According to legend, Saint Patrick embellished the Christian cross with the Sun, a potent Irish symbol, to create the Celtic cross.
The harp, which has been played in Ireland for generations, as well as a mythological creature known as the leprechaun and a pot of gold that the leprechaun keeps hidden, are other Irish-related symbols seen on St Patrick’s Day.
Luke Wadding, a Franciscan scholar from Waterford on Ireland’s south coast, was instrumental in making the anniversary of St Patrick’s death a Catholic feast day.
If March 17 falls during Holy Week, many Catholic churches usually postpone St. Patrick’s Day.