Why do we celebrate St Patrick's Day?

18 March 2018

Why do we celebrate St Patrick's Day?

Did you know that St Patrick wasn't Irish? He was actually born in the later 4th century in Roman Britain.
In his teens he was captured by Irish... some say pagans and some say pirates, you decide...and taken to Ireland but as it turns out he became very fond of Ireland and the Irish spirit. He returned there after becoming a cleric and was later ordained as a priest then a bishop bringing Christianity to Ireland. He used the shamrock (young clover) as a metaphor for the Christian Holy Trinity. The shamrock continues to be a symbol used in modern St Patrick's Day celebrations. And what's with wearing green? It is actually the colour associated with Catholics in Ireland.

Saint Patrick's Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century. It commemorates St Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish!

Whatever the reason is that you are celebrating St Patrick's Day, have a fun and safe day celebrating and be sure to raise your glass for the Irish!