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For many years we have been celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, but what is St. Patrick’s Day? Well, many celebrate St. Patrick’s Day because they get to pinch people for not wearing green, but that’s not the real reason. It all began with a man, a man named Patrick, he was born around 385 AD in a Roman province of Britain. He was a patron saint of Ireland, and St. Patrick is believed to have a real name Maewyn Succat and he took on the name Patrick upon becoming a priest. He was kidnapped as a teen by pirates and was sold into slavery. In Ireland he would tend and herd the sheep, during his six-year of captivity, he became in the Irish language. He soon escaped after he had a dream sent from God, who told him to leave Ireland and to go to the shores and that there would be a ship sailing to Britain, which would be waiting for him. Patrick traveled to France, where he became a priest and after becoming a priest he would become a bishop later. Patrick was then sent another dream, where the people of Ireland were calling for him to come back and be with them once more. Later, he was sent there with a task to teach Christianity to the Irish. In Ireland, he had traveled around and had disciples with him. Patrick preached and converted all over Ireland for 40 years. The date cited for when Ireland was converted to Christianity is 432. After all those teachings and converting, time had caught up to Patrick, many believed that he had died on March 17.

Now I know, you are wondering why do we wear green and why to we dress up like leprechauns and why a four leaf clover is lucky, well people say that leprechauns can be good lucky and if you find a four leaf clover that you have good luck too. St. Patrick’s Day is about the man St. Patrick and the luck we might get from following the leprechauns to the gold. With the clover or three-leaf shamrock, to symbolize the Holy Trinity. The wearing of green was associated with Irish nationalism. Green was also in the flag and the clover St. Patrick used in his teachings about Catholicism played a big role in why green is the color used on this day. Since Ireland’s nickname is “The Emerald Isle” the color green became more popular. The pinching was because the leprechauns would pinch anyone they could see not wearing green. So happy St. Patrick’s Day, don’t forget to wear green.

 

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