why do we have st patrick's day

Who Is St. Patrick and Why Do We Celebrate St. Patrick s Day? By Every March 17th, thousands of people don their greenest garb, march in Irish pride parades, eat green clover-shaped cookies, and quaff frosty mugs of green beer in celebration of St. Patrick s Day. But do you really know who St. Patrick was and why he is celebrated? Patrick was born in AD 387 just south of Hadrian s Wall in Britain, which was part of the Roman Empire (that s right he wasn t Irish! ). He was captured by Irish pagans in his early teens and taken to Ireland, where he was enslaved for six years. During that time, he grew to like the spirit of the Irish. When he escaped and returned to his family, he vowed to one day return to Ireland. He studied at monasteries on the continent and was eventually ordained a priest and then a bishop. Pope Celestine I commissioned Patrick to be an apostle to Ireland.


Patrick initially encountered many hardships among the pagans, particularly the druids. They weren t willing to give up their power over the old religion and feared Patrick and Christianity. Although the ruling monarch, King Laoghaire, didn t convert to Christianity, many of his family members did, and little by little, the old religion began to fade. Patrick traveled from town to town, tearing down idols and temples and establishing the Catholic Church. By AD 444, the primatial see and first cathedral of Ireland were built in Armagh. He baptized, confirmed, and ordained priests, and he erected schools and monasteries. Thousands came into the Church under his direction. He accomplished all these activities in less than 30 years, during which time the whole island nation of Ireland was converted.


Toward the end of his life, he wrote
Confessions, in which he gives a record of his life and mission. He died on March 17, 461, of natural causes. He is buried in Downpatrick in present-day Northern Ireland. Many stories are told in connection with St. Patrick. The three-leaf clover was said to be used by the saintly bishop to explain the Trinity to the pagans, which is why it is such a common St. Patrick s Day symbol today. Another legend has Patrick driving all the snakes out of Ireland; snakes were a popular symbol among the Irish pagans. He is certainly one of the most revered saints in the Catholic Church. Today, St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, of many dioceses throughout the English-speaking world, and of engineers. He is also invoked against the fear of snakes and snakebites. It's March 17 and that only means one thing. everybody!


We hope you are all wearing greenВ because if you're not. you know you'll get pinched. As everyone goes out to celebrate, at a pub, eat the В or reading up on the famous Irish personalities, we need to know why we celebrate this holiday. It's fun to gather knowledge as to why we do the things we do. It's a tradition, but we don't always know how or why it was started. Here are 17 fun and historical facts around the Irish holiday: 1. Who Is St. Patrick? В He was the beloved patron saint of Ireland. He was born in Britain and around the age of 16 he was captured by Irish raiders and became a slave. Patrick escaped after six years in captivity and went received religious training. He was ordained as a priest and his mission was to convert the Irish pagans into Christians. 2. Celebration : St. Patrick's day had been celebrated by the Irish in Europe as far back as the ninth and tenth centuries.


In the early 1600s the feast day, as it was known, was placed on the universal liturgical calendar. It was until 1903 when it became an official public holiday in Ireland. 3. Parade : As part of the tradition, a parade is done to celebrate St. Patrick's day. The very first one was held in Waterford in 1903. 4. St. Patrick's Day In The US : In the states, St. Patrick's Day is not a federal holiday, but its tradition of feast has caught on. The first observance was in 1737 when the Charitable Irish Society of Boston organized an event to honor its homeland. 5. Parade In The US : The first parade on record in the US was in New York 1766. Irish soldiers in the British Army celebrated to remember their roots. Soldiers were homesick and this was a way for them to listen to their music and eat their food. 6.


Legal Holiday In The US : The only two places where St. Patrick's Day is a legal holiday in the US are Suffolk County, Massachusetts and Savannah, Georgia. 7. Shamrock : This traditional symbol is said to have been used by St. Patrick to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish. В 8. Wearing Green : Ireland has been associated with the color when the green harp flag was used by the Irish Catholic Confederation. 9. Promote Ireland : The Irish government took the opportunity in the mid 90s to use St. Patrick's Day to promote Ireland and its culture. The first festival was organized in 1996, taking away the relation to religion. 10. Christian Leaders : With the holiday becoming more mainstream, church leaders want to reclaim the holiday and take it back as now it's only an excuse to get drunk.