Whether you’re Irish or not, Saint Patrick is a national holiday that’s well-known around the world. But how did this day become a global celebration? What do we know about Saint Patrick himself? Let’s take an in depth look at the life of this saintly figure and learn more about his legacy.
A Multifaceted Life
Saint Patrick was born in Britain around AD 385 into a wealthy family. He was kidnapped by Irish raiders at the age of 16, however, and spent 6 years as a slave in Ireland. During this time he became deeply religious, eventually escaping and returning to Britain. He then studied to become a priest and returned to Ireland as a missionary in AD 432, where he began converting people to Christianity. He established monasteries throughout the country and worked tirelessly for 30 years until his death in AD 461.
The Legend of the Shamrock
One of Saint Patrick’s most enduring legends is that of the shamrock. As an easy way to explain the concept of Christianity’s Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) Saint Patrick used the three-leafed shamrock as an example – with each leaf representing one part of the trinity. This symbolic gesture has been remembered for centuries, and has now become an integral part of St Patrick’s Day celebrations around the world!
The Celebration Continues The true story behind Saint Patrick’s Day may be shrouded in legend, but it remains celebrated each year on March 17th throughout Ireland – and beyond! Everywhere from Dublin to New York City celebrates this holiday with parades, music events and plenty of green beer! For many people, it’s also seen as a day that celebrates all things Irish – its culture, traditions, food and drink – so why not join in on all the festivities? #GoGreen!
Conclusion: Saint Patrick may have died over 1500 years ago but his legacy lives on through St Patricks Day celebrations across the world every March 17th! From shamrocks to parades there’s something for everyone so grab your favorite pint o’ Guinness and get ready for some serious celebrating! Sláinte! (Cheers!)