Did you know that every year on March 17th, Saint Patrick’s day is celebrated as a cultural and religious tradition? Do you know who was Saint Patrick and why he became a saint?
Saint Patrick was originally a 5th-century Romano-British Christian missionary before becoming a bishop of Ireland. He then became Ireland´s patron saint and March 17th commemorates his death in 461 AD.
Here is a short video which will give you more details regarding St. Patrick’s life
Here are some fun facts about St. Patrick’s day
- Ironically, St. Patrick was not Irish. It is believed that he was born in Roman Britain
- The intended meaning of St Patrick’s day is to celebrate a spiritual renewal.
- Corned beef and cabbage is a traditional St Patrick’s Day dish
- In 2016 there were 32.3 million U.S. residents with Irish ancestry, which is about seven times the population of Ireland itself.
- The first St. Patrick’s day parade was not held Ireland but in fact in the United States, specifically in Boston in 1737.
- St Patrick´s day has become famous worldwide for encouraging people to wear green. However, this only became a tradition relatively recently, in the 19th century. Before that time, the most popular colour for celebrating the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, “the Day of the Festival of Patrick”) was blue.
- According to legend, Saint Patrick used the three-leaf shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to Irish pagans. This is the reason why four-leaf clovers are so famous in this celebration.
Here´s a lucky four-leaf clover for the weekend