St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is an Irish holiday celebrated on March 17th. The holiday got its name from the 5th-century missionary to Ireland who later became Bishop, Saint Patrick. The holiday is held on the 17th to celebrate the anniversary of his death. 

St. Patrick wasn’t originally from Ireland. He was born in Britain to a Roman family. When he was only 16, he was taken from his father’s house, who was a deacon and local official at the time and was carried into slavery in Ireland. He was held for six years upon escaping and finding a passage back to Britain where he reunited with his family. 

 During those six years of slavery, Saint Patrick had nothing but faith to turn to. Since he believed in his faith so much, he started to share it with the others while he was still in Ireland. He was sent a letter by some of the Irish calling him “the voice of the Irish.” It took a while for him to respond because of the lack of education he had received, but eventually he did and decided to journey back to Ireland. When he got back to Ireland he began “baptizing and confirming with untiring zeal”, and because of that he was credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. Centuries after Saint Patrick’s death, which was believed to be March 17, 461 people started to celebrate him as his life became more engraved into the Irish culture, and therefore St. Patrick’s Day was created.