St. Patrick’s Day
is celebrated on March 17th, and he is the Patron Saint of Ireland. Born in England 385AD, he is best known for spreading Christianity throughout Ireland as a missionary.
As a child he was captured and enslaved by pirates and taken to Ireland. He found Christianity after escaping his 6 year ordeal.
He came back to Ireland to teach Christianity and combined it with Irish Pagan beliefs devising the Celtic Cross.
The legend of St. Patrick is that he drove the snakes out of Ireland, although there were never any snakes in Ireland, snakes was the word for Pagans and he banished them from the Emerald Isle.
The day is celebrated with parades of dance and music and a feast as well as drinking guinness, whisky and irish cream. Traditionally, the irish eat a meal of cabbage and Irish bacon.
Shamrocks are very important to St. Patrick’s day as it represents the Holy Trinity. Also wearing green is important, although traditionally St. Patrick’s colour was blue, but because the Emerald Isle is green all year round, the Irish celebrate everything green.