Saint Patrick is honored by the Roman Catholic Church on the 17th of March and He is considered the patron of Ireland. Saint Patrick’s Day is one of the most important holidays for the Catholic people, being celebrated all around the world.
Patrick was born in the 4th century in Roman Britain, also known as Britannia, a part of Great Britain as we know today which was controlled in that time by the Roman Empire. He was born in a religious family: his father was a deacon and his grandfather a priest. The legend says that Patrick was only four years old when his family was captured and taken to Ireland, which was then considered a profane country.
There Patrick became a slave at a farm, so He devoted Himself to religion. He remained captive in Ireland until the age of 20, when He had a dream in which God tells him to leave Ireland by sea. Patrick was determined to listen to the advice that God gave Him, but He had another revelation. This time, the Irish people appear in the dream, asking Him not to leave them, but to save them from the barbarians.
Thus, Patrick starts preaching the Irish people and manages, supported by his followers, to convert to Christianity thousands of Irishmen. He spends the next 40 years building churches throughout the country, and soon Ireland was a Christian country.
The Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated by the Irish people with a lot of enthusiasm. The traditional icon of this national holiday is the clover, which symbolizes the way in which Saint Patrick explained to the people the concept of the Holy Trinity.
The Saint Patrick’s Day festival usually lasts for three days, during which the Irish drink a lot of beer, eat plum-pies and send messages and postcards to their friends and family. The streets of Dublin host one of the most spectacular parades, which soon became famous and people from all over the world are visiting Ireland during Saint Patrick’s Day Festival, to witness the celebration of Ireland’s patron.