According to the confession of Patrick, when he was about 16, he was captured by Irish pirates from his home on mainland Britain and taken as a slave to Ireland, looking after animals. He spent about six years in bondage, forced to tend sheep.
More than 150 parades are taking place across Ireland. He envisioned returning to Ireland to teach the Irish about Christianity.
"In that way, we've got a whole new younger Irish group coming through".
Patrick had become familiar with the Irish clan system since his former slavemaster, Milchu, had been a chieftain.
The clover sprigs have become a symbol of the holiday because of Saint Patrick. Legend says he also fought witches, turned his walking stick into a tree and banished all the snakes from Ireland. They praised him for driving out the Pagans and wrote blood-raising accounts of him throwing Pagan women from cliffs and performing exorcisms on Pagan deities.
St. Patrick's Day celebrations are happening on P.E.I. today - but the day is marked differently back in Ireland than it is elsewhere.
Saint Patrick's Day started as a religious feast to celebrate Saint Patrick's work, but it's grown to be an global festival of all things Irish. Do not spend too much on expensive drinks, do not overcomplicate the music selection, and always remember it is a party where-ever you are. The soldiers, known as St. Patrick's Battalion, flew a green banner emblazoned with the phrase "Erin go Bragh". Around 1720, the church associated a botanical item, a shamrock, with Patrick.
The color for the day was originally blue; early depictions of Patrick show him wearing blue. "Our reps tell us that we are one of just a few in the area who are decorating for St. Patrick's Day and offering free giveaways, so we've been getting tons of free stuff that we'll give out on Saturday".
Sputnik: It is actually a religious celebration, it is a feast day in the Catholic Church to celebrate the patron Saint of Ireland, who is St. Patrick and it's the day of his death I believe? Until the 1970s, pubs in Ireland were required by law to close on March 17.
In the United States, St. Patrick's Day is primarily a secular holiday.
And of course, celebrations took place in NY, with Ireland's Prime Minister Leo Varadkar taking part in that city's St Patrick's Day parade.
From Bearing Drift to you, Happy St. Patrick's Day!
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