Between the pints, the songs, and the craic, we would like to give you a bit of a history about the man himself. Don’t worry, it is just the bullet points…it won’t take too long.
ST. PATRICK WAS NOT ACTUALLY IRISH
Although he is the patron saint of Ireland, he was actually born in Britain to Roman parents in Scotland or Wales.
ST. PATRICK WAS A SLAVE
He was brought over to Ireland when Irish pirates took him from his home and forced him to tend to and herd sheep back in Ireland. He did return to his home when he was an adult but only for a short period of time. It is said he heard a voice that told him to return to Ireland to teach the people about Catholicism.
HIS NAME AT BIRTH WAS NOT PATRICK
According to Irish legend, St. Patrick’s birth name was actually Maewyn Succat. It was changed to Patrick after he became a priest.
WE SHOULD ACTUALLY WEAR BLUE NOT GREEN
Light blue to be exact. Saint Patrick’s blue is what is associated with the Saint, the colour green wasn’t adapted until the late 18th century after the Irish independence movement.
IT’S A SHAMROCK….NOT A CLOVER
The shamrock is very symbolic on this day and to all Irish people. It is what St. Patrick used to teach us about the Holy Trinity (The Father, The Son, and The Holy Ghost). With the shamrock having 3 leaves on one stem, St. Patrick used this plant as a metaphor.