St Patrick’s Day

Hello Everyone! Do you know what day it is today? Well, according to my title it is St. Patrick’s Day! Today I am going to tell you about the origin of this great day.

St Patricks Day

So the 1st questions are, why the leprechauns, the pots of gold, the 3 leaf clovers, and of course, all the GREEN! I will explain all these things in my following story that is true by the way.

Well, the St. Patrick’s Day story starts with a young man in England. (England you say! Aren’t leprechauns and clovers in Ireland? Yes they are but keep listening to the story.) This young man in England was named Patrick. He was a very naughty, disobedient boy. He tried to be good but he just couldn’t. He thought that the only way that he could be obedient is if God were to punish him in some way.

Over the next few weeks, his village was raided by Irishmen looking for slaves. Patrick was taken as one of them. He was sold to be a shepherd to a man for 6 years. At the end of those 6 years, Patrick started having visions of ships and even his hometown England. He asked for his freedom but was denied it. Even so, Patrick went away in search for this ship. He found it and it was headed for England. He earned his passage was on the ship by tending to the animals on board.

When he got home, Patrick went to school and became a minister. But soon, his mind was restless again. He was having visions of the people of Ireland calling to him to come to them and minister, so, the faithful Patrick set out again to Ireland this time as a free man to preach the gospel to the Irish.

So why the leprechauns, the pots of gold, the 3 leaf cloves and all the green?

Well, the 3 leaf clovers are a symbol the St. Patrick used to preach to the Irish explaining to them the trinity of God.

The leprechauns are actually Irish fairies that symbolize luck and the pots of gold at the end of the rainbow also symbolize luck. St. Patrick really didn’t teach anything about luck but people thought it would be appropriate with the Irish feel of the story.

And of course the green in the whole mix. (I put it last because I love green. It is my absolute favorite color!) Green just symbolizes all of the things that we just talked about but mostly Ireland.

I hope you guys liked this post! Comment on what your favorite part of this was or what you do for St. Patrick’s Day. Have a great green day!

 

~Maris

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