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Most Holidays have really interesting histories behind the popular traditions of the present. St. Patrick’s Day is no exception. It began to be celebrated in the early 17th century and commemorates the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. Today, it is celebrated not only in Ireland but also in Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand.

Now, I bet you don’t know a lot about Patrick himself. He was actually born in Britain and kidnapped at the age of 16 by Irish…well, kidnappers. He was enslaved. In his own confession, he said that it was revealed to him in a dream to flee to the coast and catch a ship back to Britain. Which he did. Later in his life, after studying to be a priest, he was called back to Ireland as a Bishop, this time to bring Christianity.

Symbols of St. Patrick. Shamrock. Green. Where do they come from?

The Shamrock is said to have been used by St. Patrick to teach the doctrine of the Holy Trinity to the people.

Green was actually not the original color used to celebrate the holiday. It was actually blue. But in order to more fully wear the Shamrock, people started using green.

So there you have it. St. Patrick’s day then and now in a nutshell.

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