St. Patrick’s Day and the History Behind the Holiday

St Patrick’s is another one of the many holidays that people celebrate but don’t really know what it’s about and why it is celebrated. All people really know is that you are suppose to wear green, and if you’re older you drink a lot of beer. If you continue to read you will now know the meaning and the origin of the holiday.

Saint Patrick was a Christian missionary and bishop of Ireland,  and he is one of the primary patron saints of Ireland. When he was about 16, he was captured from his home in Wales, and taken as a slave to Ireland, where he lived for six years before escaping and returning to his family. After becoming a cleric, he returned to northern and western Ireland. In later life, he served as an ordained bishop, but little is known about the places where he worked. By the seventh century, he had already come to be revered as the patron saint of Ireland.

Saint Patrick’s Day is the day of Saint Patrick’s death. It was made an official Christian feast day in the early seventeenth century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion, the Eastern Orthodox Church and Lutheran Church. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrating the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, céilithe, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks. Christians also attend church services, and the Lent restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day, which has encouraged and propagated the holiday’s tradition of alcohol consumption.

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