He died on March 17th 460 AD.
St. Patrick’s Day or also known as St. Patrick Feast Day is celebrated on March 17th in honor of the anniversary of his death.
St. Patrick’s Feast Day became an office celebration in the 17th century. The celebration is observed by the Catholic Church, Anglican Communion Church, Eastern Orthodox Church and Lutheran Church.
At the age of 16 St. Patrick was sold into slavery. He was brought to Ireland and worked as a shepherd.
At the age of 22 he escaped slavery.
He dedicated himself to the Christian religion. He studied in a monastery of Le’rins off the coast of France and in France with Saint Germanius a French Bishop.
St. Patrick returned to Ireland in his 30’s.
He is credited for brining the religion of Christianity to Ireland.
Legend says that St. Patrick used a shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to the Irish. He used the clover to represent three separate parts (3 leaves of the clover) of the same being. The first leaf was God the Father, second leaf the Son and the third leaf the Holy Spirit.
The shamrock is now the offical flower of Ireland.
The highest number of leaves found on a shamrock clover was 14. It is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Legend says that finding a four-leaf clover on St. Patrick’s Day will bring you luck. Each clover leaf represents something different. First leaf represents hope, second leaf represents faith, third leaf represents love and the fourth leaf represents luck.
There are many legends about St. Patrick. One story states that he drove all the snakes out of Ireland. He didn’t really drive snakes out of Ireland. The snakes represent the pagans he converted to Christianity.
Did you know that the original color for St. Patrick was blue? In Irish legends and stories green was worn by fairies and immortals. It was also believed that wearing green would help make a good growing season for their crops in Ireland. Green became the color for St. Patrick’s Day in the early 19th century.
The harp is the symbol of Ireland.
The color green represents Ireland. Ireland is also called “The Emerald Isle.”