St. Patrick’s Day has been celebrated for about 1,000 years by Irish and their descendants. But if you are not Irish, you might wonder, “Why do we celebrate St Patrick’s Day?”.
Who was St. Patrick?
St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and its national apostle; however, he was not Irish! He was born in Britain, and, at 16 years of age, he was captured by Irish raiders and held in Ireland.
During captivity we sought solace in faith and Christianity. He later escaped and returned to Britain, studied until his ordination as a priest, and returned to Ireland to spread Christianity. He taught Christianity without disrupting Irish Pagan tradition, but by complementing them. A well-known legend is how he explained the holy trinity using a Irish clover, or shamrock. As such, he was very loved by their people and proclaimed a saint by the people, but not by the Catholic church.