St Patrick; Born Maewyn Succat.
Born into a Christian family in roman Britain in the late fourth century A.D.
before he turned 16 he was taken from his fathers villa and put into slavery by a group of Irish raiders. His escape came six years later back to Britain. During his time in slavery his faith strengthened. Believing that god had called upon him to Christianize Ireland. He eventually returned to Ireland as a missionary for the catholic church, where he adopted the name (Patricius or Patrick). Playing a very important role in converting the native Irish to Christianity.
He had become a legendary figure by the end of the 7th century and was venerated as a saint- although he was never formally canonized. Legends of St. Patrick are still told today- which include the story of him driving snakes out of Ireland to a sea, after they supposedly attacked him during a 40-day fasting period.
It wasn’t until the 1630’s march 17th that the traditional death of St. Patrick’s death, was added to the catholic book of prayers as the feast of St. Patrick. Irish people were wearing crosses, ribbons, or shamrocks by the 17th century according to what St. Patrick used, when trying to explain the concept of the holy trinity to a non-believer, by showing the three-leaf plant with one stalk.
The color green that we have come to know and related to St. Patrick’s day, actually is the wrong color. It wasn’t green it was blue according to history known as St. Patrick’s Blue- that was the first association with the saint. The earliest knowledge of St. Patrick, shows him in blue garments. He also appears as such on the ancient Irish flags.
Today, people of all backgrounds celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, especially throughout the United States, Canada and Australia. Although North America is home to the largest productions, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in many other locations far from Ireland, including Japan, Singapore and Russia.
In modern-day Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day was 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 interest in St. Patrick’s Day to drive tourism and showcase Ireland and Irish culture to the rest of the world. Approximately 1 million people annually take part in Ireland ‘s St. Patrick’s Festival in Dublin, a multi-day celebration featuring parades, concerts, outdoor theater productions and fireworks shows.