March 17th commemorates the memory of St. Patrick. Here are some interesting facts, thanks to the History Channel, that you might not have known about Ireland’s Patron Saint! You can check out their St. Patrick’s Day Video.
1. St. Patrick was born in Britain when it was under Roman rule, making him Roman.
2. St. Patrick spent six years in captivity after being kidnapped by Irish raiders at the age of 16.
3. After converting to Christianity, which he found while in captivity, he returned to Ireland to devote his life as a Christian missionary.
4. St. Patrick did not become popular for centuries after his death around 460 A.D.
5. St. Patrick did not drive all the snakes from Ireland, rather, it was a metaphor for “cleansing the island of paganism,” considering Ireland had no snakes to begin with.
6. Irish Christians started wearing Shamrocks on March 17th to show their religious and cultural pride, as St. Patrick used the Shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity.
7. In Ireland St. Patrick’s Day is considered a religious holiday.
8. St. Patrick’s Day Parades actually originated in the United States after the Potato Famine drove 100’s of thousands of Irish immigrants here.
Now perhaps when you wear shamrocks to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, you will know why and will be able to share some facts with your friends over your favorite pint on March 17th Erin Go Bragh!!! (Irish Gaelic for Ireland Forever)