The history and traditions of the St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick's Day is traditionally celebrated worldwide on the 17th of March. This day is a day of remembrance for the patron saint of all Ireland and all the Irish. The legend about this person - Saint Patrick - says that it was he who brought Christianity to the island, which at the time was under the religion of pagans. Arriving on the island, Patrick drove all the snakes and has destroyed them.
According to tradition, this day is celebrated with colorful and unforgettable parades all over the world and of course Irish beer flowing like a river. In Ireland, people say that the 17th of March is not only the feast of St. Patrick, but the celebration of the soul too.
Today, memory day is celebrated actually all over the world and it became more than just an international Irish holiday. Parade takes place in New York, Buenos Aires, and Melbourne, where now also people celebrate St. Patrick's Day.
Fabulous and amazing, bright and very noisy processions, parades and celebrations of people dressed in green (the color is the national color of Ireland) are visible wherever the Irish live.
On this day, people arrange music and beer parties, although earlier in Ireland on that day all pubs were closed. The official symbol of the holiday is the Shamrock - is a graphical representation leaf clover.
About Patrick's early life there is almost no information. The exact time and also the real place of his actual birth are unknown till today; apparently, he was born in a Roman Britain in a place that was called Bannaventa (there were a few settlements). When he was 16 years, Patrick was kidnapped by the Irish pirates and was taken to Ireland as a slave. According to the "Confessions" (autobiographical works of Patrick, one of the few sources of his curriculum vitae) in a childhood and adolescence, he did not know the true God, but in the years of slavery Patrick turned to him, spent days and nights in a constant long prayers, and the voice after the 6 years of night prayers the voice told him: "you should do the right things and fast, because you going to be back to your native side soon", and then: "Go and look - your ship is waiting for you".
Later, Patrick becomes a servant of the church; probably in Gaul he received the diaconate after training at the St. Herman and getting ready to become a bishop. It is known that a considerable part of the time and after returning to the secondary origin in Ireland already as a bishop in the year 432, he spent outside the United Kingdom.
Patrick arrives in Ireland not as a bishop in the year 431-32, and not at the direction of the angel who appeared to him but deploys active in the Christianization of the country. Annals of the Four Masters mention that he founded 600 churches (according to other sources - churches were 300) and took from him the baptism of the Irish - over 120 000.
Memorial Day of the Patrick - March 17(St. Patrick’s Day), but information about the year of his death differs depending on the source. Place of the death and burial of the saint is also not known for certain, but it is believed that he was buried in Downpatrick (the other traditional legends - in soul or Armagh)
In Ireland, important tradition is present today. The sign which is to be attached to your clothing, namely the shamrock, which, in turn, symbolizes the cross, as well as the color of Catholicism, and also a symbol of the country itself, green and blooming Ireland. It is also called - the emerald country.
It is also important to note that Irish popularity is mostly religious, that is why people piled hymn in honor to the celebration of this day. In the hymn is sung that Patrick saw a pagan ritual and decided to interrupt it and did so with the help of Irish symbol - shamrock. This ritual took place in the settlement under the name of Tara, which was at that time the capital of the state. This Saint Patrick to date is included in the list of the most revered in the world holy persons.
Do not also forget about the motives of this pagan holiday. One of the most revered heroes of the day are terrific little men - leprechaun. According to the legend leprechauns are being described as the stunted little people, whose job is to sew shoes. Also leprechauns are fond of gold, and each leprechaun has its own pot of gold, with which he could reward a person for good deeds. Many people also tell the legends that if you are going to catch a leprechaun, he must tell us where the pot with the gold is. However, you cannot trust to their words because leprechauns cunning creatures and can just cheat and to expose human lives at risk.
In fact, leprechauns logged in the celebration of the St. Patrick's Day not so long ago. For the companies that produce greetings cards was needed a logo because of this holiday actually, a picture that would become a symbol of the holiday. Despite the legends about Patrick, his appearance not very well fit into the cheerful celebrations and parades. Unlike Patrick, funny, cute and wearing a green costume leprechaun attracts people.
According to the tradition, people celebrate St. Patrick's Day with fun and colorful parades that are going on the street. People wear bright and always extravagant costumes, the music plays around and people are full of life and of course Ireland cannot do without his famous bagpipes.