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Irish Saint Patrick's Day St. Patrick

We all know his name, but who exactly was the famous St. Patrick? St. Patrick, patron saint of Ireland. Born Roman Britain the late 4th century, he was kidnapped at the age of 16 and taken to Ireland as a slave. He escaped but returned about 432 to convert the Irish to Christianity. By the time of his death on March 17, 461, he had established monasteries, churches, and schools. It was emigrants, particularly to the United States, who transformed St. Patrick’s Day into a largely secular holiday of revelry and celebration of things Irish. Cities with large numbers of Irish immigrants, who often wielded political power, staged the most extensive celebrations, which included elaborate parades. Boston held its first St. Patrick’s Day parade in 1737, followed by New York City in 1762.

 

Since 1962 Chicago has coloured its river green to mark the holiday. Irish and non-Irish alike commonly participate in the “wearing of the green”— it is customary to wear shamrocks, green clothing or green accessories. Saint Patrick is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish. Corned beef and cabbage are associated with the holiday, and even beer is sometimes dyed green to celebrate the day.

Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March in more countries than any other national festival such as: Canada, United States, Argentina, United Kingdom, Norway, Turkey, Australia,...


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