why do we celbrate st patricks day

Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, whose feast day is celebrated every 17 March. Little is known about the figure, but according to Irish folklore, he was probably born in Wales around 387 before being kidnapped and stolen by Irish pirates during a raid to be an enslaved pig and sheep herder in Ireland. Legend has it that he was 14-years-old when he was stolen and taken to Slemish Mountain, where he remained until he turned 20 and was finally returned home by some kind sailors. В
A few years after returning to his homeland, he had a divine vision in which he felt God call him to be the вVoice of Irelandв.


He subsequently returned to the country as a free man and spread his Christian faith around the pagan country, converting thousands and establishing many churches in the process. He apparently used the three leaves contained in shamrock flowers as a metaphor for the holy trinity throughout his teaching. To this day, the shamrock is one of the symbols most associated with Ireland. In the present day, Ireland celebrates Saint Patrick every 17 March.


Many Catholics attend mass and sing hymns in Gaelic or wear sprigs of shamrocks on their lapels. During the day, many towns and cities hold parades celebrating Irish culture, with flamboyant floats, live music and dancers. Others mark the day with a celebratory glass of Guinness. Some travel to Mount Slemish to see where Patrick was enslaved as a sheep herder and climb to the top of the mountain. This year is a particularly historic one as Ireland celebrates the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising, a key event in the countryвs history.


В New York and Dublin hold the biggest parades in the world. Half a million people are expected to line the streets for the Dublin parade, while around 150,000 revellers will attend the New York display. В Learn some Irish words and phrases. The Irish have their own distinct dialect of the English language, so if you want to sound like a true Paddy on St. Patrick's day, try sprinkling some of these Hiberno-English gems into your conversation: What's the craic?


This phrase can be interpreted as either "How's it going? " or "What's going on? " or "What's up? " and is used in non-formal settings. Craic is a very important word in Ireland and can be used to describe your enjoyment of an event or activity, e. g "How was the party? " "Ah sure, it was great craic altogether! " Use "craic" in the correct context and you'll earn major points with the Irish. Grand. Grand is another multi-purpose word in Hiberno-English. It doesn't mean large or impressive, but rather translates as "fine" or "great" depending on the context. "I'm grand" is a perfectly acceptable reply to the question "How are you? " and means the person is doing just fine.


If you ask an Irish person "How did the exam go? " and they reply "It was grand" that means it went okay, it wasn't amazing, but it wasn't a disaster either. Eejit. Eejit is basically the Irish word for idiot. If someone does something silly or stupid, you can comment "Ah ya big eejit! " It's not meant to be offensive, rather it's used to make fun of someone in a playful way.