Although little is known of St. Patrick, we do know that he was born to a wealthy British family near the end of the fourth century. When he was 16, Irish thieves raided his family’s estate and took him as prisoner. He was transported to Ireland where he spent six years in captivity, working as a shepherd. It was during his captivity that Patrick became a Christian.Later on, Patrick escaped and walked 200 miles back to Britain. He was then guarded by visions and dreams by angels—who told him to return to Ireland as a missionary. Because Patrick now knew the customs and language of the Irish people, he used their customs as a way of preaching the gospel.
St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17 because it is believed that Patrick died on this day. It is a religious feast holiday that celebrated his life as a saint—and has now evolved into a holiday filled with feasting, parades, and wearing lots of green.Why the color green? Originally the color associated with St. Patrick was blue—but the rolling green hills of Ireland and the green shamrock Patrick used to represent the Trinity, have made the color of St. Patrick’s Day change to green. Also, the United States began to display its connection with Ireland by wearing green.
Have a happy St. Patrick’s Day, and don’t forget to wear green!