17th March 2023 by

St Patrick’s Day 17 March

St. Patrick’s Day celebrated on 17 March observes of the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. The holiday has evolved into a celebration of Irish culture with parades, special foods, music, dancing, drinking.

He was born to wealthy parents near the end of the fourth century and is believed to have died on March 17, around 460 A.D. Born in Roman Britain, he was kidnapped at the age of 16 and taken to Ireland as a slave. He escaped but returned about 432 A.D. to convert the Irish to Christianity.

By the time of his death on March 17, 461, he had established monasteries, churches and schools. Many legends grew up around him – for example, that he drove the snakes out of Ireland and used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity. Ireland came to celebrate his day with religious services and feasts.

To anyone, like so many of us, with Irish heritage (of which I am very proud), enjoy your day and wear your shamrock with pride!

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