St Patrick’s Day is celebrated today, March 17th. The day commemorates St Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as Irish culture and heritage in general.
Who was St. Patrick?
Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. He is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. He was born in about AD 385. He was carried off by pirates and spent six years in slavery before escaping and training as a missionary.
He died on 17th March in AD 461 and this day has since been celebrated as St. Patrick’s Day.
What is the national emblem of Ireland?
The national emblem of Ireland is the Shamrock leaf (a clover like plant). St Patrick used the three-leaved shamrock to explain the Trinity in Christianity. His followers took to wearing a shamrock in celebration.
St Patrick’s Day is marked by the wearing of shamrocks.
How is St Patrick’s Day celebrated?
St.Patrick’s Day is celebrated with parades in large cities, the wearing of the colour green, and drinking Guinness (the traditional drink of Ireland).