The History of St. Patrick’s Day

These days, Americans tend to think of St. Patrick’s Day as our national drinking holiday—we even invented green beer to celebrate it. But the history of St. Patrick’s Day is a lot deeper than that. It goes all the way back to St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, who lived in the 400s AD. He was a missionary in Ireland during the late fifth century and is said to be the founder of Christianity in Ireland.

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Patrick was captured by pirates as a teenager and taken to Ireland as a slave, then escaped six years later and returned to England, his home country. He eventually became a cleric and went back to Ireland, and by the seventh century he was already thought of as the country’s patron saint.

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on the supposed day of Patrick’s death, and it’s a much more solemn holiday in Ireland than it is in the States. It is celebrated by the Irish diaspora worldwide as it celebrates Irish culture as well as the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and it’s one of the most widely celebrated holidays in the world.

Those of us at H&H Chevrolet hope you had a great St. Patrick’s Day!