Monday, March 17, 2014

St. Patrick’s Day!

The dates of when Saint Patrick was alive are not 100% known, but it is known that he was active during the 5th century.   He was a Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland, and was known as the “Apostle of Ireland.”  He was captured from his home around the age of 16 and made a slave where he lived for five to six years.  He later escaped and went back to his home in Great Britain where he started to actively become a bishop, and by the 7th century he had become known as the patron saint of Ireland.  He died on March 17th, and that is why we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on the 17th
St. Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious holiday, and it’s also known as the Feast of Saint Patrick.  The day was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century and is observed by the Catholic Church, Anglican Communion, Eastern Orthodox Church, and Lutheran Church.  The day is to celebrate when Christianity came to Ireland; it also celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish.  Christians attend church and even though it’s currently lent, the restrictions are lifted for the day and you can eat or drink whatever you please, which is sort of why so many people drink during St. Patrick’s Day. 
In celebration, there are parades, festivals, and wearing the color green and/or a shamrock.  Originally the color was actually blue, but over the years the color green grew and grew, and the wearing of green and shamrocks dates back to 17th century.   The reasoning behind the shamrock is because Saint Patrick wound use a three-leaved plant to explain the holy trinity to the pagan Irish.   St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated all over the world with food and drinks and parties. In the U.S. it is very common to order a green beer, which is just any beer with green food coloring in it. 

I hope you’re having a fun day wearing green.


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