St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is a celebration of the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. He is honoured for bringing Christianity to the Emerald Isle during the 5th century.

Legend has it that St. Patrick used the shamrock, a three-leafed clover, as a symbol to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) to the Irish people. This simple yet effective metaphor helped convert many to Christianity. As a result, the shamrock has become a cherished emblem of Irish identity and faith.

One of the most enduring stores associated with St. Patrick is the legend of him driving the snakes out of Ireland. While Ireland never actually had native snakes, this story is often interpreted symbolically. It represents St. Patrick’s successful efforts to rid the country of pagan beliefs and practices.

St. Patrick’s Day card from Exploring Ireland game

St. Patrick’s Day, celebrated on March 17th, has evolved into a global commemoration of Irish culture. It is marked by carnival-like parades, green clothes and shamrocks and traditional music and dance.

It’s a day for both Irish and non-Irish people alike to come together, celebrate Irish heritage, honour their patron saint and have a lot of fun!