Saint Patrick’s Day is a religious holiday celebrated internationally on 17 March. It is named after Saint Patrick, the most commonly recognised of the patron saints of Ireland.
According to legend, Saint Patrick used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pre-Christian Irish people.
St. Patrick’s Day is also associated with Leprechauns and gold coins. People often look for Leprechaun pictures and Leprechaun coloring books during St Patrick’s Day.
Some of you maybe wondering Who is St. Patrick?
St. Patrick was born in 385 AD somewhere along the west coast of Britain, possibly in the Welsh town of Banwen. At age 16, he was captured and sold into slavery to a sheep farmer. He escaped when he was 22 and spent the next 12 years in a monastery. In his 30s he returned to Ireland as a Christian missionary. He died at Saul in 461 AD and is buried at Downpatrick.
So to all of my Irish and Irish at Heart readers, Happy St. Patrick’s Day!