Sunday, March 17, 2013

Saint Patrick's Day! A History!

Also known as the Feast of Saint Patrick is a cultural and religious holiday. The day is named after Saint Patrick who is the most commonly recognized of the patron Saints of Ireland. St. Patick's Day was made an official Christian Feast day in the early seventeenth century and is observed by several different churches especially the Church of Ireland.
The Day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. The day is also to celebrate the heritage and culture of the Irish.
There isn't much we know about St. Patrick's early life but what we do know is that he was born in Roman Britain in the fourth century. His Family was a very wealthy Romano-British family. St. Patrick's father was a deacon and his grandfather was a priest in the Christian Church.
When St. Patrick was Sixteen he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and was taken captive to Ireland as a slave. St.Patrick later fled from captivity to the coast, where he boarded a ship and returned to Britain. As soon as he returned he joined the Church in Auxerre in Gaul and studied to be a priest.
St. Patrick himself said that in 432 he was called back to Ireland as a bishop to Christianize the Irish from Polytheism. After nearly thirty years of Evangelism St. Patrick died on March 17,461.

THINGS YOU PROBABLY DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT SAINT PATRICK'S DAY!!!

1. The original color to be associated with St.Patrick was blue but over the years the color green and it's association with the day grew.

2. The shamrock was used by St. Patrick to explain the Holy Trinity to the Irish.

3.St. Patrick's Day wasn't placed on the calender until 1600's by the Catholic Church.

4.St. Patrick's Day didn't become an official public holiday in Ireland until 1903.

5.The first St. Patrick's Day festival was held in 1996 and in 1997 the festival became a three day event.

6. In the 1798 rebellion, to make a political statement, Irish soldiers wore full green uniforms on March 17th in hopes of catching public attention.





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