St. Patrick was born in Britain which was colonized by Rome in 387 AD. He was named Padraig by his parents and belonged to the family of priests. When he was about 16, Patrick was kidnapped by raiders from Ireland and served for about four years as a slave where he was forced to tend sheep.
Patrick, who was from the Christian family, found that Ireland practiced a different religion and started praying devotedly and one day his prayer were heard. When Patrick was about 20, he had a dream, which according to him came from God. Based on his dream; he escaped from his captors and made it to the sea and there he found a ship captain who agreed to take him back to Britain.
St.Patrick forced to tend sheep
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He followed his dream and escaped Ireland. After reaching home he was reunited with his long-separated family. He believed that he was sent home for a reason and decided to become a priest just like his father. So he began to study and finally got enlightenment. After years of studies, he became a priest and was then made a bishop. After that, he again headed to Ireland according to prophecy to spread Christianity in Ireland.
Forty Years of Service to the God
Padraig was then famous as St. Patrick in Ireland. For 40 years, he went to places preaching about God; people largely believe that he converted all of Ireland to Christianity. It is said that by converting the Irish to Christianity he drove the snakes away from the island.
One of the important symbols of St. Patrick's Day is the shamrock or three leaves clover, which Patrick used to help people understand god.
In the memory of St. Patrick
Patrick died on 17th March 461 AD. After spending many years helping people and sharing his beliefs all over Ireland, he died in the same place where he built his first church.
St. Patrick day is also known as St. Paddy's Day. Today St. Patrick's Day defines celebration of Irish culture as a celebration of Patrick himself. People of Irish heritage all over the world celebrate the festival and eat a traditional Irish meal of corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and soda bread.
In the United States each year during St. Patrick's Day the city of Chicago is painted green, people even dye the Chicago River green. Even the fountain on the lawn of The White House gets dyed green. Many cities in the United States have parades and ceremonies to celebrate the day.
St. Patrick's Day in The USA
U.S.A's first-ever St. Patrick's Day Parade took place in New York City in 1762. Other than three covered leaves and green shamrock, Saint Patrick's Day is famous for Leprechaun. A leprechaun is a magical person from Irish folktales. If you can catch a leprechaun he has to give you his pot of gold. Whether you catch a leprechaun or not, you can surely enjoy the green feel and good food. Happy St. Patrick's Day.