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

What are we celebrating on St. Patrick's day?

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    ST. Patricks's day is one of Ireland's most important festivals; however, until recently, it was considered a religious holiday rather than one of parades/parties as in the USA. One of the first mentions of the Irish wearing a symbol in honor of the St. Patrick's Day was in 1681.

    St. Patrick wasn't born Irish. He was the son of a Christian official whom lived on the western shores of Roman Britian in the late 4th Century. When Patrick was 16 he was captured by an Irish raiding party and taken back to Ireland to be sold as a slave. He was bought by one of the local kings and for 6 yrs. he tended sheep for his master in the Slemish Mts. of County Antrim in the north. When he was 22 an angel appeared to him and told him to escape. Off he ran and made it to the coast and stowed away on a ship bound for France which he remained in France for 8yrs. studying in the local monastery until one night the same angel appeared to him again. Patrick had a holy dream which revealed to him that the Irish were calling out for his return. when he revealed his dream to the local archbishop where he was commissioned by the Pope to set out on his mission to convert the Irish. Legend has it that St. Patrick's first act was to challenge the local Druidic priests. He traveled to the land surrounding Tara, the home of the pagan high kings/priests. The Druids seized him took him before Laoghire, the pagan king, The priests told thier king that Patrick's religion wasn't as powerful as the Druids by killing him with a cup of poisoned wine. The angel revealed the poison to Patrick and he boldly took the cup said a blessing over it and drank it to the bottom. When Patrick didn't die but asked for more wine the King was astounded and accepted Christianity and his whole cort followed suit; Patrick's mission had begun. I didn't find anything in my book where it mentioned the celebration of his birth or death. Sorry, I couldn't help you with that part of it. Hope you enjoyed the rest of the read.

    Happy St. Patrick's Day to you!

    Source(s): LONG LIVE the Irish! Long live thier cheer! Long live our friendship Year after year! ~ OLD IRISH TOAST
  • mardaw
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    I will be celebrating my son, he was a gift from St. Patrick. I was told by several Dr's that I could not get pregnant. Guess they did not know the power of the saints and a mug of green beer! :)

  • 1 decade ago

    in order to under stand Sr, Patty's day you must first know some irish history. St. Patrick was a guy who made all the snakes leave ireland. irish celbrate him for doing a great deed to all. plus its jsut a good excuse to get drunk.

  • 1 decade ago

    St Patrick? ;-)

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  • Bill
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Since he was messing with the snakes in Ireland-

    we are celebrating his Death, not his birthday

    You do need a star for that though.

  • 1 decade ago

    I don't know and I don't care. Because I am not irish, and i don't believe in luck. It is just plain stupid and a waste of time. On that day I just wear pink. I don't care if people say "the lepercons are going to get you" well guess what I don't believe in that stupid stuff.

    Although its a great excuse to wear my new green shirt that I got.

  • 1 decade ago

    a great irish holiday were either your irish or you can be irsh on saint patties day

  • ?
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Any excuse to drink beer.

  • 1 decade ago

    they told me to wear something green so I won't get pinch when I don't have anything green I pinned money on me because money is green.

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