2019 St. Patrick's Day

 

Patrick's birthname was Maewyn. He was born in Roman Britain. He was kidnapped into slavery and brought to Ireland.

He escapted to a monastery in Gaul (France) and converted to Christianity. He went back to Ireland in 432 as a missionary. While Christianity had already taken hold in the country, tradition has it that Patrick confronted the Druids at Tara and abolished their pagan rites, making Christianity more widespread.

Patrick became a bishop and after his death was named Ireland's patron saint. Celebrations in Ireland were understated though. When the Irish emigrated to the U.S., they created the bigger celebrations and parades known today.

Eighteenth century Irish soldiers who fought in the Revolutionary War held the first St. Patrick Day parades. The celebrations became a way for the Irish to connect with their roots after they moved to America.

 

Citation Information

Georgia Public Broadcasting. The origins of St. Patrick's Day. Georgia Public Radio® GPTV. 2018

http://www.gpb.org/education/origins-of-st-patricks-day

Access date: December 20, 2018

Date: 
Sunday, March 17, 2019 (All day)

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