Today, St. Patrick's Day is celebrated by people of all backgrounds in the United States, Canada, and Australia. Although North America is home to the largest productions, St. Patrick's Day has been celebrated in other locations far from Ireland, including Japan, Singapore, and Russia.In modern-day Ireland, St. Patrick's Day has traditionally been a religious occasion. In fact, up until the 1970s, Irish laws mandated that pubs be closed on March 17. Beginning in 1995, however, the Irish government began a national campaign to use St. Patrick's Day as an opportunity to drive tourism and showcase Ireland to the rest of the world. Last year, close to one million people took part in Ireland 's St. Patrick's Festival in Dublin, a multi-day celebration featuring parades, concerts, outdoor theater productions, and fireworks shows.
At the age of sixteen, Patrick was taken prisoner by a group of Irish raiders who were attacking his family's estate. They transported him to Ireland where he spent six years in captivity.
After more than six years as a prisoner, Patrick escaped. According to his writing, a voice-which he believed to be God's-spoke to him in a dream, telling him it was time to leave Ireland.
Soon after, Patrick began religious training, a course of study that lasted more than fifteen years. After his ordination as a priest, he was sent to Ireland with a dual mission-to minister to Christians already living in Ireland and to begin to convert the Irish.
Familiar with the Irish language and culture, Patrick chose to incorporate traditional ritual into his lessons of Christianity instead of attempting to eradicate native Irish beliefs. For instance, he used bonfires to celebrate Easter since the Irish were used to honoring their gods with fire. He also superimposed a sun, a powerful Irish symbol, onto the Christian cross to create what is now called a Celtic cross, so that veneration of the symbol would seem more natural to the Irish.
In fact the first written mention of this story did not appear until nearly a thousand years after Patrick's death.The shamrock, which was also called the "seamroy" by the Celts, was a sacred plant in ancient Ireland because it symbolized the rebirth of spring. By the seventeenth century, the shamrock had become a symbol of emerging Irish nationalism. As the English began to seize Irish land and make laws against the use of the Irish language and the practice of Catholicism, many Irish began to wear the shamrock as a symbol of their pride in their heritage and their displeasure with English rule.
The original Irish name for these figures of folklore is "lobaircin," meaning "small-bodied fellow.“Belief in leprechauns probably stems from Celtic belief in fairies, tiny men and women who could use their magical powers to serve good or evil. In Celtic folktales, leprechauns were cranky souls, responsible for mending the shoes of the other fairies. Though only minor figures in Celtic folklore, leprechauns were known for their trickery, which they often used to protect their much-fabled treasure.Leprechauns had nothing to do with St. Patrick or the celebration of St. Patrick's Day, a Catholic holy day. In 1959, Walt Disney released a film called Darby O'Gill & the Little People, which introduced America to a very different sort of leprechaun than the cantankerous little man of Irish folklore. This cheerful, friendly leprechaun is a purely American invention, but has quickly evolved into an easily recognizable symbol of both St. Patrick's Day and Ireland in general.
St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17, his religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for thousands of years.
On St. Patrick's Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were waived and people would dance, drink, and feast—on the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage.
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St. Patrick’s Day March 17th
What is St. Patrick’s Day? St. Patrick’s Day is the saint’s feast day It has evolved from a religious holiday to a worldwide celebration!
St. Patrick’s Day Overview History of St. Patrick Symbols of Ireland Legends of Irish Culture St. Patrick’s Day Traditions Trivia Game!
The History of St. Patrick The patron saint of Ireland
Born in 387 AD in ScotlandFatherwas aDeaconin theChurch
Kidnapped by PiratesAt age 16 yearsTaken to Ireland Sold as a Slave
Patrick took care of sheep for 6 years He learned the language.A voice spoke to him in a dream, “Your ship is waiting.”
The ship took Patrick to Britain He studied for 16 years in France to become a priest.Another dream, “Come and walkamong us again.”
Converted many Irish to Christ He used the Shamrock as an example of the Father Trinity. Jesus Holy (Son) Spiri t One God
Symbols of Ireland The shamrock, or “seamroy,” symbolizes the rebirth of spring. It was later adopted as a symbol of Irish nationalism.
The Celtic Cross A sun (from the Celts) super-imposed on a cross (from the Christians)
The Leprechaun The leprechaun, or “lobaircin” means “small-bodied fellow”. They were responsible for mending the shoes of other fairies in Celtic folktales. It was given its “cute” features and popularized in the United States by Walt Disney.
The Flag of IrelandGreen—people of the southOrange—people of the northWhite—symbolizes the peace that brings them together
Irish Dancing Dancing the Irish jig is famous worldwide!Example=Riverdance
Legends of Irish Culture Leprechauns are unfriendly and possess a pot of gold. They are also magic and can grant wishes.
If you find a Leprechaun, you cantrick him into showing you his gold. The gold is hidden at the end of a rainbow.
But if you don’t watch theleprechaun very carefully… He and the gold will disappear!
Some say that St. Patrick drove allthe snakes out of Ireland… But St. Patrick never drove snakes from Ireland The story is a metaphor for driving paganism from the island
Four Leaf Clover If you find a four-leaf clover you will have good luck.
St. Patrick’s DayTraditions and Celebrations The first St. Patty’s day parade occurred when Irish soldiers in the British Army marched through New York City on March 17th, 1762.
Chicago river turns green! The Chicago River has been dyed green every year since 1962.
Traditional Food The rules of Lent are waived and people traditionally eat Irish bacon and cabbage. In the USA, Irish bacon has been replaced with corned beef for the annual feast.
Traditional song of IrelandDanny Boy Oh Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling From glen to glen, and down the mountain side The summers gone, and all the roses falling Tis you, tis you must go and I must bide.
But come ye back when summers in the meadow Or when the valleys hushed and white with snow Tis Ill be there in sunshine or in shadow Oh Danny boy, oh Danny boy, I love you so. And when you come, and all the flowers are dying If I am dead, as dead I well may be Youll come and find the place where I am lying And kneel and say an "Ave" there for me.
And I shall hear, tho soft you tread above me And all my grave will warmer, sweeter be For you will bend and tell me that you love me And I shall sleep in peace until you come to me. Ill simply sleep in peace until you come to me. And I shall rest in peace until you come to me. Oh, Danny Boy, Oh, Danny Boy, I love you so.
Wear Green! People wear green clothes in honor of Ireland.
If you don’t wear green… You can be pinched!
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