The origin of St. Patrick’s Day revealed


The holiday started as a celebration of the Catholic priest who gave it its name.

Elisabet Gudjonsdottir, Staff Reporter

Saint Patrick’s Day is a holiday that is celebrated around the world, though most know that it was originally an Irish holiday, many don’t know the real origin of it.
Saint Patrick was a Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. He was kidnapped, at the age of sixteen, by Irish raiders, and taken to Gaelic Ireland as a slave. He spent around six years there, working as a shepherd, but while doing so, he found God. Eventually, he managed to escape, by boat, he later went on to become a priest. Saint Patrick then succeeded in converting thousands from pagan Irish to Christianity, and that is why he is so celebrated.
Despite Saint Patrick’s Day being an Irish holiday, it wasn’t until the United Sates started celebrating the holiday that it became a big deal to Ireland. They then began having parades, wearing shamrocks, wearing green, drinking Irish beer and drinking Irish whiskey.
As everyone knows, it is customary to wear shamrocks and green clothing on the holiday. St Patrick is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leafed plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish. The color green has been associated with Ireland since the 1640s. When the green harp flag was used by the Irish Catholic Confederation, and ever since, countries have started to celebrate the holiday by wearing green.
Despite this holiday being widely celebrated, it is also widely criticized. It is thought to be a disgrace to Saint Patrick for its association with public drunkenness and disorder. Some even think it’s become too commercialized and tacky. Regardless of this, the holiday is still celebrated around the world.