St.Patrick was actually born Maewyn Succat. He was also not Irish. Go figure. He was actually born in Britian during the Roman Empire. He was kindapped when he was 16 and brought to Ireland to work as a slave. It was during this time that he began to develop his spirtuality. He was a slave for 6 years, until he escaped and returned home. After he returned to Britian, Maewyn became a missionary and later a bishop. Once appointed Bishop, he changed his name to Patrick and returned to Ireland to preach christianity to the Irish who were previously pagan. Patrick remained in Ireland until his death on March 17th. This is why he is remembered on this day.
There are a lot of legends associated with St.Patrick. St.Patrick did make the shamrock popular by using its leaves to teach about the Holy Trinity. However, he did not drive the snakes out of Ireland as legend suggests. There are no fossils of snakes in Ireland, which means that because it is an island, there were never snakes there to begin with. Another little known fact is that blue was the original color associated with Ireland and St.Patrick. It was later changed to green.
So now you know a little more about the real meaning behind St.Patrick’s Day. Don’t forget to check out our video for some other great facts about the holiday. Happy St.Patrick’s day!
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