Have you ever wondered why is St. Patrick's Day celebrated?
Here’s the tale:
March 17 is the day of Saint Patrick, patron saint of Ireland. Saint Patrick was born at 387 in Kilpatrick, near Dumbarton, Scotland. His father was an officer of the Roman army. Irish pirates took young 16-year-old Patrick as a prisoner and sold him into slavery. He spent six years in Ireland, where he learned to speak the Celtic language. He managed to escape and went to France to prepare for the monastic life and was ordained a priest. When he was 46 years old, he decided to return to Ireland to evangelize its inhabitants. And there he stayed almost three decades, until his death on March 17, 461. How he died may not be as interesting as his own life.
Saint Patrick died in Saul, Downpatrick, in Northern Ireland. Since then, March 17 became an emblematic date for the Irish. He was officially considered as the patron saint of Ireland in 1780 and his symbol even formed part of the British flag after the Union Act in 1800. There are many other myths about this famous figure in Irish history but unfortunately very few know the truth.
A Christian tradition says that Patrick explained the mystery of the Holy Trinity using a three-leaf clover. That is why that day has been established as a custom to wear a clover in celebration of their holiday. It is also common to dress in green and even dye beer with this color in honor of Ireland, also nicknamed the "Emerald Island".
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