Who was St. Patrick?
The holiday is named after an Irish saint, St. Patrick, who was not born in Ireland. At a young age, St. Patrick was kidnapped by pirates and forced into Ireland. He escaped his job as a slave and lived on the rich, green shores of Ireland. He later left Ireland, became very involved with Christianity and returned to spread the faith in Ireland. It is rumored that he died on March 17th, and therefore this day was chosen as the official St. Patrick's Day.
Wondering why the green color?
A common St. Patrick's Day tradition is to wear the color green. There are multiple reasons for this and they have to do with country of Ireland itself. Ireland's flags has a prominent* green stripe. The Irish shamrock, a three - leaf clover, is also green which was used by St. Patrick to illustrate the doctrine* of Christianity to the Irish people.
Significance of the Four-Leaf Clovers
St. Patrick's Day is known as a day of luck and, for centuries*. People collect rare four-leaf clovers for luck. Four-leaf clovers are quite hard to find, and because of this, finding one is supposed to bring luck. These clover represent hope, happiness, love and faith.
Remember: The four- leaf clover is different from the regular Shamrock (which is a three- leaf clover) as it has an additional lucky leaf.
The magical mini-people - Leprechaun
Another celebrated figure besides St. Patrick is the leprechaun. Leprechauns are magical mini-people that have been in Irish fairy tales for years. Some of these stories tell the tale of the leprechaun who is a shoemaker that protects gold. Legend has it that if some discovers the leprechaun’s gold, they get to keep it. Even now, children really enjoy searching for hidden pots of gold and pretend leprechaun on St. Patrick’s day.
Tradition- a long-established custom or belief that has been passed on
Prominent - important, famous
Centuries - a period of one hundred years
Written by: Kanwal Raza