St Patrick day is celebrated every year on March 17, the date of his death.
Patrick was an aristocrat (a broad term that usually refers to people that are of a particular social order considered the highest social class of that society.)
He actually wasn't born in Ireland.
He was born in a village called Bannavem Taberniae, which doesn't exist on any British maps today.
Patrick grew up in a Christian family, but as a young boy didn't show much interest in his religion.
At the age of 16, Patrick was kidnapped for 6 years by Irish raiders. There they had him working as a sheep herder. Being lonely and scared, this made Patrick turn to his religion for comfort.
Patrick is said to have heard the voice of God telling him to leave Ireland. He walked 200 miles to the Ireland coast and took passage on a ship to Britain and his family. But he couldn't stop thinking of Ireland.
Patrick is said to have had a dream that an angel came to him, telling him to return to Ireland as a missionary. After studying for years, he became a Priest and returned. He spent 40 years there spreading his faith among Celtic Pagans.
He became a hero of Ireland after his death.
According to an Irish myth he drove all the snakes from Ireland and cleared it from Paganism.
The Celebration of St Patrick's day:
Patrick is said to have used the Shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity. (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) As a result, 18th century people of Ireland began wearing Shamrocks on March 17 to symbolize their Irish Christian pride. Later they began to wear green clothing as well.
Irish parade tradition actually started in America. It started after the great potato famine of the 1840s which sent thousands of Irish to America via NY, Boston and other cities.
The first parade on record was in 1762 when a group of Irish soldiers serving with the British marched a few blocks to a tavern in lower Manhattan. Today, millions spectate one of the largest parades in NYC every year to celebrate the day and the saint.
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