Saint Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious celebration that happens every year on March 17th to mark the death date of the beloved patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick. The Irish are famous for spinning exaggerated tales, so despite the infamous stories traditionally attributed to Saint Patrick, quite little is actually known about his life.
It is believed St. Patrick, a Roman-Britain-born Christian missionary, was born in the late fourth century and is credited with bringing Christianity to the Irish people. It is also believed that he drove all the snakes out of Ireland. However, post-glacial Ireland never actually had snakes. Many believe that the term “snakes” referred to the serpent symbolism of the Druids of that time and place. Today, there are no snakes to be found! Most people, whether they are Irish or not, wear green on this day. One of the Irish traditions is to pinch anyone who is not wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day.
Legend also says that St. Patrick used a shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to the Irish. He used the clover to represent three separate parts (3 leaves of the clover) of the same being. The first leaf was God the Father, second leaf the Son and the third leaf the Holy Spirit. The shamrock is now the official flower of Ireland.
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