The History of St. Patrick’s Day

By: Abigail Juksiewicz

When you think of St Patrick’s Day you probably think Green and Irish, but do you ever stop to think about the Saint it’s named after? To start off with the facts about St. Patrick. His feast day is March 17 (AKA  St. Patrick’s Day) the day he died. He is the patron saint of Ireland, despite being born and raised in Britain, of a Romanized family, in the late 4th century. When he was 16 he was kidnapped and taken to Ireland as a slave. He escaped and left Ireland and later went back to convert the Irish to Christianity.

The reason he has a whole day named after him, celebrated by people of many denominations and heritages, is due to the legend of St. Patrick. Legend has it that he drove all the snakes out of Ireland. He drove them out using a shamrock. He would use the shamrock in his teachings to explain the Holy Trinity. Some argue that the lack of snakes is actually due to the climate and location of Ireland. It is likely there were not ever any snakes in the country to begin with; but the snake is symbolic. The story represents St. Patrick driving all the evil out by his teachings and making Ireland a place where Catholics could practice their faith in safety and comfort..  

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