More than 15-hundred years after his death, he is still one of the most popular saints in history, especially in Ireland. Every year on March 17, the Irish and the Irish-at-heart across the globe observe St. Patrick’s Day. What began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland has become an international festival celebrating Irish culture with parades, dancing, special foods and a whole lot of green.
Six Saint Patrick Day Facts
- Although the year of his death is still debated, St. Patrick is thought to have died on March 17th around 460.
- Born in England, captured by Irish raiders and taken as a slave at the age of about 16.
- While he worked as a shepherd in the fields of Ireland, he prayed every day and his faith grew.
- In his early twenties he escaped and returned home where he studied for the priesthood and eventually became a bishop… back in Northern Ireland.
- Legend has it that he drove all the snakes off the island. He also taught the Irish the concept of the Trinity, using the 3-leaved clover to demonstrate three divine persons in one God.
- He is celebrated next Monday, March 17 with green beer and hallmark cards, but his real life was a model for Christianity in 5th century Great Britain