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A School Girl's Guide to St. Patrick's Day

Saint Patrick's Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick, is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland. It's the national holiday of Ireland. Today is St. Patrick's Day so I decided to write about St. Patrick's Day. St. Patrick was a 5th-century missionary to Ireland who is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. He became a legendary figure by the end of the 7th century and is considered a patron saint of Ireland. According to the legend, the fairies pay the leprechauns for their work with golden coins, which the “little people” collect in large pots–the famous “pots of gold” often associated with leprechauns. The Americanized, good-natured leprechaun soon became a symbol of St. Patrick's Day and Ireland in general. According to legend, leprechauns found the abandoned gold and buried it again so no human could ever find it. The old folktales tell us that there is a pot of gold hidden where the end of any rainbow touches the earth. According to Wikipedia, "Saint Patrick was a 5th-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. Much of what is known about Saint Patrick comes from the Declaration, which was allegedly written by Patrick himself. It is believed that he was born in Roman Britain in the fourth century, into a wealthy Romano-British family. His father was a deacon and his grandfather was a priest in the Christian church. According to the Declaration, at the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Gaelic Ireland.[17] It says that he spent six years there working as a shepherd and that during this time he found God. The Declaration says that God told Patrick to flee to the coast, where a ship would be waiting to take him home. After making his way home, Patrick went on to become a priest. According to tradition, Patrick returned to Ireland to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity. The Declaration says that he spent many years evangelizing in the northern half of Ireland and converted thousands. Patrick's efforts against the druids were eventually turned into an allegory in which he drove "snakes" out of Ireland, despite the fact that snakes were not known to inhabit the region. Tradition holds that he died on 17 March and was buried at Downpatrick. Over the following centuries, many legends grew up around Patrick and he became Ireland's foremost saint." I don't know what else to add so I'm going to end it here. I hope you enjoyed reading this!

Sincerely,

Alicia/ItzThatNerdyBlog

Personal Opinion: I personally have always overlooked St. Patrick's Day until today which is when I learned the story of St. Patrick. St. Patrick's Day is a holiday many people forget or dislike because it doesn't live up to the standard holiday which includes presents, treats, and fun but one thing St. Patrick's Day still has that all the other holidays also have is time for family.

PS: Sorry I didn't post this early, I wish I could have because since I've posted it a little late, most people will be reading this the day after St. Patrick's Day

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