The History of St. Patricks Day

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St. Patrick's Day is a national Irish holiday, which is celebrated all over the world. St. Patrick's Day falls on March 17th - the day that St. Patrick died - his 'feast day."

St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. He was born in Scotland in the fourth century. When he was 16 years old, he was kidnapped by Irish soldiers and sold as a slave. He lived for the next 6 years in Ireland. This is when he turned to God (present day France). After following a vision, he returned to Ireland to try and convert all of the pagans into Christians. St. Patrick was one of the most successful missionaries in history. 

The Shamrock is a three leaved clover found growing all over Ireland. Legend his it that St. Patrick used a Shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost) to his followers. Another great story was how St. Patrick drove all of the snakes out of Ireland, although many people dispute how true this is.

A Leprechaun is a mischievous little elf of Irish folklore. It is believed that if a human catches him, he wil reveal where his pot of gold is hidden. Many people dress up as a leprechauns on St. Patrick's Day.

The Blarney Stone is a stone on the top story of the Blarney Castle in Ireland. It is said that if you kiss the stone, you will be given the gift of eloquence (to speak beautifully).

Traditions - St. Patrick's Day is celebrated world-wide with parades, dancing and singing, wearing green, Irish soda bread, eating cornbeaf and cabbage and overall general merriment. Everyone's Irish on March 17th!