The History of St. Patrick’s Day

Written By: Maggie Nguyen

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Stain glass: St. Patrick’s Day, the date of St. Patrick’s death, is celebrated by millions worldwide every year. http://www.getreligion.org/getreligion/2016/3/4/gray-lady-celebrates-lgbt-st-patricks-day-victory-with-two-crucial-words-missing

For most, St. Patrick’s Day is a day of wearing a ridiculous amounts of green, running around pinching people, and searching for the legendary elusive leprechaun.

St. Patrick’s Day is actually a day commemorating (surprise surprise) St. Patrick. He is known as the patron saint of Ireland, thus affiliating him with all that lucky green stuff.

St. Patrick was sold into slavery at a young age. He escaped Europe and was introduced to Christianity.

From there, he came to Ireland and converted many of the Irish to Christianity. Eventually, St. Patrick became a bishop. The famous shamrock St. Patrick’s Day is incorporated with is actually a well-known teaching of his. He used the three-leaf shamrock to symbolize the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

St. Patrick died on March 17th, AD 461. Today, the date of his death is celebrated by millions of people worldwide. Regardless of this fact, St. Patrick was never canonized, officially proclaimed a saint, by the Catholic Church. He is only known as a saint by name.

Whatever the case may be, St. Patrick’s Day is still a fun holiday that gives you an excuse to wear awfully tacky green clothing you would not wear any other time of year. So have fun searching for the leprechaun’s pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Sources:

http://www.theholidayspot.com/patrick/historyofpatrick.htm

http://www.gpb.org/education/origins-of-st-patricks-day

http://www.irishcentral.com/opinion/patrickroberts/st-patrick-was-never-canonized-a-saint-by-the-catholic-church-118153804-238171911.html

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