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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureHolidaysSt. Patrick's Day · 1 decade ago

What is hte story behind St. Patricks day?

like what it's a bout how it came to be information on the holiday..

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    Who Was St. Patrick?

    St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is one of Christianity's most widely known figures. But for all his celebrity, his life remains somewhat of a mystery. Many of the stories traditionally associated with St. Patrick, including the famous account of his banishing all the snakes from Ireland, are false, the products of hundreds of years of exaggerated storytelling.

    Taken Prisoner By Irish Raiders

    It is known that St. Patrick was born in Britain to wealthy parents near the end of the fourth century. He is believed to have died on March 17, around 460 A.D. Although his father was a Christian deacon, it has been suggested that he probably took on the role because of tax incentives and there is no evidence that Patrick came from a particularly religious family. At the age of sixteen, Patrick was taken prisoner by a group of Irish raiders who were attacking his family's estate. They transported him to Ireland where he spent six years in captivity. (There is some dispute over where this captivity took place. Although many believe he was taken to live in Mount Slemish in County Antrim, it is more likely that he was held in County Mayo near Killala.) During this time, he worked as a shepherd, outdoors and away from people. Lonely and afraid, he turned to his religion for solace, becoming a devout Christian. (It is also believed that Patrick first began to dream of converting the Irish people to Christianity during his captivity.)

    Guided By Visions

    After more than six years as a prisoner, Patrick escaped. According to his writing, a voice-which he believed to be God's-spoke to him in a dream, telling him it was time to leave Ireland.

    To do so, Patrick walked nearly 200 miles from County Mayo, where it is believed he was held, to the Irish coast. After escaping to Britain, Patrick reported that he experienced a second revelation-an angel in a dream tells him to return to Ireland as a missionary. Soon after, Patrick began religious training, a course of study that lasted more than fifteen years. After his ordination as a priest, he was sent to Ireland with a dual mission-to minister to Christians already living in Ireland and to begin to convert the Irish. (Interestingly, this mission contradicts the widely held notion that Patrick introduced Christianity to Ireland.)

    Bonfires and Crosses

    Familiar with the Irish language and culture, Patrick chose to incorporate traditional ritual into his lessons of Christianity instead of attempting to eradicate native Irish beliefs. For instance, he used bonfires to celebrate Easter since the Irish were used to honoring their gods with fire. He also superimposed a sun, a powerful Irish symbol, onto the Christian cross to create what is now called a Celtic cross, so that veneration of the symbol would seem more natural to the Irish. (Although there were a small number of Christians on the island when Patrick arrived, most Irish practiced a nature-based pagan religion. The Irish culture centered around a rich tradition of oral legend and myth. When this is considered, it is no surprise that the story of Patrick's life became exaggerated over the centuries-spinning exciting tales to remember history has always been a part of the Irish way of life.)

  • 1 decade ago

    The story behind St. Patricks day, is that St. Patrick went to Ireland and saw all the uncatholic people there. So he is known for 'ridding ireland of snakes/serpants' in other words he turned the majority of Ireland catholic and casted out most of the Celtics and Pagans. So its basically celebrating St. Patrick's accomplishment for saving most of Ireland

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    Saint Patrick's Day (Irish: Lá ’le Pádraig or Lá Fhéile Pádraig), colloquially St. Paddy's Day or Paddy's Day, is an annual ceremonial dinner day which celebrates Saint Patrick (circa 385–461 advert), between the customer saints of eire, and is regularly celebrated on March 17. The day is the national holiday of eire. it rather is a economic business enterprise holiday in Northern eire, and a public holiday interior the Republic of eire, Montserrat, and the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. interior something of Canada, the united kingdom, Australia, america and New Zealand, it is appreciably celebrated yet isn't an good holiday. It became a ceremonial dinner day interior the Roman Catholic Church using impact of the Waterford-born Franciscan student Luke Wadding[a million] interior the early part of the seventeenth century, and is a holy day of criminal accountability for Roman Catholics in eire. The date of the ceremonial dinner is from time to time moved via church government whilst March 17 falls in the time of Holy Week; this final happened in 1940 whilst Saint Patrick's Day became spoke of on 3 April with the intention to stay away from it coinciding with Palm Sunday, and could ensue lower back in 2008, whilst it is going to likely be hung on the two March 14[2][3] or March 15.[4] After 2008, March seventeenth won't fall in the time of Holy Week lower back until 2160.[5]

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    According to the Catholic calendar 17 March is St. Patrick's feast day and as Patron St. of Ireland it is very important as he is credited with converting the Irish to Christianity.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Patrick's_Day

    This will give you more information.

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  • 1 decade ago

    St. Patrick's original name was Mayoin Socket(not sure if it's spelled right), when he became a missionary, his name was changed to Patrick. When he died, his name was changed again to St. Patrick. he died on March 17. The green and shamrock's are a result of him being from Ireland.

    I learned this from my children's Veggie Tales video, Sumo of the Opera.

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