Saint Patrick's Day

Who Was Saint Patrick?

Saint Patrick is the patron saint of the country of Ireland, and he lived between 385 AD and 461 AD. He died on March 17, and that day has since been declared his official feast day.

His feast day was formalized in the early 17th century, and is still observed in a number of churches, including the Roman Catholic Church, the Lutheran Church, the Anglican Church (especially the Church of Ireland), and the Eastern Orthodox Church.

The holiday commemorates the bringing of Christianity to Ireland, and is a cultural celebration for Irish people in general. Many today celebrate by wearing green and displaying shamrocks.

The shamrock is a tradition of great importance, as Saint Patrick used the three leafed shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to the Irish pagans. Irish pagan worship was full of the number three, including "triple deities," which Saint Patrick used to spread the Christian faith farther.

Today, Saint Patrick's day is celebrated across Europe and North America, from Ireland to Russia, celebrating a rich culture.

The best Saint Patrick's Day flowers

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