Saint Patrick's Day

How did Saint Patrick's Day originate?

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March 11, 2015 9:16AM

  • St. Patrick's day was first celebrated in the United States in Boston in 1762. It's not surprising that it reached our shores as there are more Americans of Irish origin than there are Irish in Ireland.
  • The man himself, St. Patrick, was born in Wales in 385 AD. His given name was Maewyn. He had an eventful life and was good at converting pagans to Christianity. He was thrown into prison several times and escaped each time from the Celtic druids to continue establishing churches and monasteries all over Ireland, a mission that took him over 30 years.
  • St. Patrick died on March 17th, 461 AD and that day has been celebrated as St. Patrick's Day ever since.
  • When we think of this holiday, we think of green and yet the color of St. Patrick is actually blue. Actually, he wasn't Irish at all. Green came into the picture and started to be associated with this celebration in the 19th century. The color green in Irish legends was the color worn by fairies and immortals and the color worn by people to encourage crops to grow. Even today, when we think of green, we think of St. Patrick.
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  • The original St.Patrick celebrations began as a religious festival. Much of what is known about St.Patrick was written in his own hand and titled' The Confession of St.Patrick 1. I, Patrick, a sinner, a most simple countryman, the least of all the faithful and most contemptible to many, had for father the deacon Calpurnius, son of the late Potitus, a priest, of the settlement [vicus] of Bannavem Taburniae; he had a small villa nearby where I was taken captive. I was at that time about sixteen years of age. St. Patrick was born between 370 and 390 C. E. in the Roman Empire in Britain. His given name Magonus Sucatus and was changed to Patricius either after his baptism or after he became a priest. Colonial New York City hosted the first official St. Patrick's Day parade in 1762, when Irish immigrants in the British colonial army marched down city streets.