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Origin Of Holidays

The History of St Patrick's Day

Patrick was born around 390 in Wales while it was under Roman rulership. He was sold into slavery as a boy and lived in Ireland. Six years later he escaped his fate as a slaved and ran to Gaul where he learned to become a missionary and developed a method of teaching using a three leafed shamrock to explain the Trinity.

He became convinced, while in the monastary, that his mission was to go back to Ireland and convert the Pagans to Christianity. He was quite successful in the conversions. Patrick was considered a hero of Ireland.

Patrick died on March 17th 461. The day has since been held as his day. There is no proof that Patrick ever raised the dead and as snakes were not native to Ireland, there is no proof that he drove snakes out of the land.

St. Patrick's Day is a feast day of the Roman Catholic Church. Green is the primary color of this holy feast day as green is the color of the shamrock, spring and Ireland.

Some of the pagans at the time of Patrick had their own springtime celebrations and traditions.

A leprachaun is a fictional fairy that is said to keep to itself and horde a pot of gold. If you catch him, he is to give you all of his gold.

The Blarney Stone was said to be magical as a woman cast a spell upon it after being rescued from drowning. Anyone who kissed the stone was said to have the gift to speak to women in a loving manner {or have the gift of gab.}

While green was considered the color of Ireland due to the color of the old flag. As this flag was associated with Ireland during the time when it was not a free country, green is still only thought of as the color of Ireland only in the US, carried over by tradition from the Irish immigrants.