Happy Saint Patrick! Children’s news article

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated annually on March 17. (Hongreddotbrewhouse/CC BY-SA 3.0/Wikimedia Commons)

It’s Saint Patrick’s Day! This means you can pinch anyone who isn’t wearing green, keep going extensive search for lucky four-leaf clovers and chase sprites that lead to pots of gold. For those wondering how the death anniversary of an Irish clergyman became one of the most popular vacation, here is a brief history.

Saint Patrick

Saint Patrick is one of only three patron saints of Ireland. (Andreas F. Borchert/CC-BY-SA-.0/Wikimedia Commons)

With St Patrick’s Day now Ireland’s biggest holiday, the cleric commemorates was not Irish. Maewyn Succat, as he was known then, was born in modern England in 387 AD. It was kidnapped and brought to work on sheep farms in Ireland at age 16. teenager escaped a few years later and spent the next 15 years of his life in a monastery In England.

Ordered as bishop in 432 AD, the now renamed Patricius (“Father of the Citizens”) returned to Ireland to convert the principal pagan population to Christianity. The clergyman was not well known at the time of his death on March 17, 461 AD. He rose to fame in the following centuries after the tales of his heroic achievements, which included hunting all the snakes in Ireland, began to emerge. In the seventh century, Saint Patrick had been raised has a primary patron saint of Ireland, an honor Free only two others – St. Brigid of Kildare and St. Columba.

How green became the color of choice

Although the green is now synonymous with the Irish party, it was not the original color of your choice. When King George III created the Order of St. Patrick in 1783, followers threaded blue. Green was introduced in the 1790s to represent Irish nationalism and the lush green of the country countryside.

the origin to pinch people who don’t wear green on St. Patrick’s Day is foggy. Some attribute at the Green light hematoma abandoned by a fierce pinch. Others credit that at the unfounded belief that wearing green makes a invisible sprites, making it easier to capture tricky creatures.

sprites and Clovers

The pixies are thought to know the location of the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. (maxpixel.net/CC0)

For many, St. Patrick’s Day is all about finding elves – the cobblers of the fairy world – who know the location from the pot of gold to the end of a rainbow. Sprites can supposedly also to agree their kidnappers three wishes. However, since the rogue fairies have yet to be seen, let alone captured, no belief has been checked.

Wear three-leaf clovers or clovers is a popular St. Patrick’s Day holiday tradition. Legend has it that Saint Patrick used the leaves to explain the Holy Trinity – God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit to pagan Irish that he was trying to convert. Many people are also looking for rare four-leaf clovers represent hope, faith, love and happiness.


Most cities and towns celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with parades. However, few can compete with the New York Parade. The duration of five hours extravagance along Fifth Avenue has more than 150,000 attendees and more than two million spectators. The parade in Dublin, Ireland is not as grand. But the city makes up for it with a week-long celebration that draws over a million people.


A traditional St. Patrick’s Day meal includes corned beef and colcannon. (John/CC-BY-SA-2.0/Flickr)

Americans celebrate the holiday with a traditional corned beef and colcannon feast – mashed potatoes with cabbage then tossed with onions and butter or cream. The custom is credited to the first Irish immigrants who could afford meat – principally beef – just once a week. But don’t expect the Irish in Ireland adopt the simple rate. They prefer to surrender bacon and lamb on their most important holiday.

Happy Saint Patrick!

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