The best Irish holiday is just over a month away, which means it’s time to read up on your history. Attending a celebration or stopping by a bar for a drink is a great way to celebrate, but it never hurts to know how St. Patrick’s Day came to be. Here’s a brief history of St. Patrick’s Day from us at Wright Hyundai!
Patrick was born in either Roman England or Scotland. While many believe his real name to have been Maewyn Succat, the holiday’s name is derived from Patricius, his Romanticized name.
The son of Calpurnius, Patrick was kidnapped by pirates and sold into Irish slavery. During his six year imprisonment, he dreamed of seeing God, who told him how to escape. Following his escape, Patrick ventured to France and joined a monastery. After 12 years of training, he became a Bishop and returned to Ireland.
It was there that he converted the Irish population to Christianity, set up schools and churches, and established the basis of the Church in Ireland. Legend states that Saint Patrick drove the venomous snakes into the sea with the curse of God, saving the people.
Saint Patrick died on March 17, 461 but the Irish and many other parts of the world continue to celebrate the Catholic feast day as a celebration of their culture.