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So, who was St. Patrick anyway and why do we party on the day he died?


WASHINGTON (CIRCA via MOBIUS.LAB) — St. Patrick's Day is celebrated every year on the day of his death, March 17.

St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. He was born in Roman Britain around the fifth century.

When he was 16, he was kidnapped by Irish pirates and taken to Ireland as a slave. He escaped six years later, after he dreamt God told him to go to the coast, where a ship would take him home.

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He became a cleric in Britain and returned to Ireland to convert Druids into Christians. The shamrock became his symbol, as he used it to explain the holy trinity.

Since St. Patrick died around Lent, prohibitions against meat were lifted, and people would feast and celebrate. The tradition continued within the Irish culture. The first parade to honor St. Patrick took place in the United States in 1762.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!


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