On the 17th of March each year, people all around the world celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day, also called the Feast of Saint Patrick. While the day is observed to remember Saint Patrick and the beginning of Christianity in Ireland, it has become a truly global holiday.
What does Saint Patrick’s Day commemorate?
Originally, the day was marked as a way to celebrate the important role Saint Patrick had in the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. He died on March 17, so Saint Patrick’s Day is meant to commemorate the death a man who strongly impacted Ireland’s religion. Catholics, Orthodox Christians, Lutherans, and Anglicans especially hold this day dear, but over time, Saint Patrick’s day has become a celebration of Ireland’s history and culture, too. Today, the holiday is a fun time for both Christians, the Irish, and decedents of Ireland to celebrate their religious and ethnic backgrounds.
What role did Saint Patrick have in Ireland?
Saint Patrick was actually born in Great Britain, but he was kidnapped at the age of 16 by Irish criminals to be a slave. He was told by God in a dream to escape back to his home, and he obeyed. After studying to become a priest, he returned to Ireland to evangelize the Irish and get them to convert from polytheism to Christianity. According to legend, he would teach anyone who would listen about the Holy Trinity by using a shamrock.
How is this day celebrated?
While Canada doesn’t recognize Saint Patrick’s Day as a national holiday, we still celebrate by going to parades, listening to traditional Irish music, dancing, decorating with shamrocks, drinking Irish alcohol, and using excessive amounts of green – the color associated with Saint Patrick.
Like many holidays, Saint Patrick’s Day has changed over time. Originally celebrated in Ireland to commemorate the work of a saint, it is now a popular holiday all over the world and encompasses a broader range of Ireland’s heritage.
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