St. Patrick’s Day Fun Facts

Ah, St. Patrick’s Day….a celebration of all things Irish, including beer! Who, though, is St. Patrick? What does he have to do with the Irish? Why do we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th every year? Excellent questions! Let’s see what the Encyclopedia Brittanica has to say about this tradition.

St. Patrick, originally born in Roman Britain, was sold into slavery in Ireland at the age of 16. Later, he would escape, only to eventually return to Ireland to convert as many Irish as he could to the Christian faith. He became Ireland’s patron saint, establishing schools, monasteries, and more during his time in Ireland. Of course, many legends surround his time on Earth, including the driving of snakes from Ireland into the sea. Also, he is credited for using the shamrock to explain the Trinity – the three parts of God in one.

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17th because that is the anniversary of his death. The Irish-American community turned the holiday into a celebration of Irish culture. Today, St. Patrick’s Day is a day for green beer, corned beef and cabbage, and excessive revelry. So grab a pint, grab a friend, and enjoy St. Patrick’s Day responsibly!

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