Saint Patrick’s Day is the celebration of Ireland’s patron saint, Saint Patrick. The holiday is celebrated on what is believed to be the death day of the saint, March 17th.
Saint Patrick was born in Roman Britian and was kidnapped and taken to Ireland at age 16 and sold into slavery. Saint Patrick eventually escaped and later returned to Ireland to convert the Irish to Christianity.
He is known for establishing many schools, churches, and monasteries across Ireland. One of the more well known stories of Saint Patrick is how he drove snakes out of Ireland using a shamrock, explaining the Holy Trinity with the plant’s three leaves.
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