Thursday, March 17, 2011

St Patricks Day!!

The history of St Patrick

St Patrick's Day is celebrated world wide on 17 March each year.

In Ireland St Patrick’s Day is a holiday but increasingly people from all around the world gather to celebrate all things Irish.

We are all familiar with the street parade, family picnic, green t-shirts, Irish dancing, music and pints of Guinness that signify St Patrick’s Day – but what do we know of St Patrick himself?

St Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and is the person celebrated on Ireland’s national day.

Ok, so he wasn’t born Irish but he has become an integral part of the Irish heritage. His services across Ireland in the 5th century are said to have brought religion to the country. Legend also has it that St Patrick used a shamrock in his preaching to explain the Holy Trinity and that he
was responsible for banishing all the snakes from Ireland.


Anonymous said...

Well I learnt something new today. Responsible for getting rid of the snakes. I guess he never paid a visit to Australia!

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