Saint Patricks Day is a holiday celebrated on the 17th of March. It is named after Saint Patrick, the official patron saint of Ireland.
SHORT HISTORY The person who was to become St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, was born in Wales about 385. In 432, it is said that he was called back to Ireland to Christianize the Irish from their native polytheism. Irish folklore tells that one of his teaching methods included using the shamrock to explain the Christian doctrine of the Trinity to the Irish people. After nearly thirty years of evangelism, he died on 17th March 461, and according to tradition, was buried at Downpatrick.
SYMBOLS One traditional icon of the day is the shamrock.St. Patrick’s used it in his sermons to represent how the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit could all exist as separate elements of the same entity. His followers adopted the custom of wearing a shamrock on his feast day.
SYMBOLS Leprechauns comes from Irish mythology. The Leprechauns spend all their time busily making shoes, and store away all their coins in a hidden pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. If ever captured by a human, the Leprechaun has the magical power to grant three wishes in exchange for their release. Apart from that, finding or catching a leprechaun (who would then give you gold) was a lucky event that could only take place in Ireland!
CELEBRATIONSDuring St. Patrick’s Day celebrations everything is green … even BEER!
CONCLUSIONToday, people celebrate the St. Patrick’s Day with parades, wearing green clothes and drinking green beer