SAINT PATRICK’S DAY – Patron of Saint of Ireland

Saint Patrick’s day is a day to commemorate the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. The cultural and religious celebration takes place on the Seventeenth of March. It has considered being the traditional death state of the saint. The day is an official public holiday in Ireland, Northern Ireland, and the Canadian provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador. It is also widely popular in other countries like the United Kingdom, the United States, and New Zealand, to name a few. The day takes place on the Seventeenth of March, worldwide.

SAINT PATRICK’S DAY
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Significance and History of SAINT PATRICK’S DAY

Much about Saint Patrick you can find in the Declaration, which has supposedly written by Saint Patrick himself. According to this text, Saint Patrick was sixteen when he has kidnapped from Roman Britain by Irish raiders. And later has taken to Gaelic Ireland as a slave. He then spent six years working as a shepherd. He then escaped to the coast to find a ship that took him home. Post returning to his home, Saint Patrick went on to become a priest.

He then returned to Ireland to convert Pagan Irish to Christianity. By the time of his death on March 17th, 461 Saint Patrick had established several monasteries, churches, and even schools. Due to his continuous efforts against the druids, these efforts have eventually turned into an allegory in which he drove ’snakes’ out of Ireland.  Over the following centuries, many more such legends about Saint Patrick grew in number and he became Ireland’s foremost saint.

Traditions and Modern-day celebrations

A big part of the celebrations that take place today is influenced by how the celebrations have developed among the Irish diaspora, especially in North America.

The celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals. The public parades involve marching bands, fire brigades, cultural organizations, voluntary associations, youth groups, etc. However, over time, many of the parades have developed into something more of a carnival. Specifically, in Ireland, an emphasis has placed on the use of the Irish language. Where the week of Saint Patrick’s day is ‘Irish language week’.

There are also formal gatherings such as banquets and dances. Food such as corned beef and cabbage is often associated with the day along with the practice of drinking and dancing.

Since 2010, famous landmarks have been lit up in green in honor of the day.

Wearing green

During this day it is customary to wear shamrocks (a young sprig used as a symbol of Ireland). Green clothing or even green accessories. Saint Patrick is said to have used the shamrock to first explain the Holy Trinity to the Pagans. The first association of the color green with Ireland is from the eleventh-century pseudo-historical book ‘The book of the Taking of Ireland’. Further, in the 1640s the green harp flag was used by the Irish catholic confederation. Many such instances of adopting green as a representative color for Ireland, over the centuries, led to the popularisation of this color while establishing its significance in the celebrations. Over the years the significance of the color green outgrew from just being incorporated into clothing to being incorporated into other aspects of the celebration like food, drinks, etc.

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