𝗬𝗲𝗮𝗿-𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱 𝗙𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗮𝗹 𝗦𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀 #06 – 𝗦𝘁. 𝗣𝗮𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗸’𝘀 𝗗𝗮𝘆
Next Tuesday through Friday, for a total of four days, is the major Irish festival of St. Patrick’s Day, a holy day honouring the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. After secularisation, the festival became an important celebration of Irish culture.
From the 17th century onwards, St. Patrick’s Day became an official Christian tradition, commemorating the entry of Christianity into Ireland and celebrating Irish heritage and culture. Celebrations included parades, markets, and people dressed head-to-toe in green and shamrocks. During the parade, the city of Ireland is immersed in a sea of green and people enjoy the festivities joyfully.
𝗦𝘁. 𝗣𝗮𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗸 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗜𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗵, 𝗯𝘂𝘁 𝗕𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗶𝘀𝗵
Born in the British Empire, most of his history is recorded in his own Confessions. In his autobiography, he wrote that he was born into a wealthy Romano-British family. His father was a church deacon and his grandfather was a priest. He was kidnapped by Irish invaders at the age of 16 and made a slave. He spent six years as a shepherd and met God. According to his autobiography, he was instructed by God to escape on a ship that would take him home. After returning home, he became a priest. After being equipped, he courageously returned to Ireland, where he had suffered and been insulted, and spent years preaching the gospel, causing thousands to repent and be convicted to believe in Jesus Christ as the one true God, and to renounce the false gods of his native Ireland.
It is worth noting that St. Patrick’s Day commemorates the date of his death, not his birthday.
𝗦𝘁. 𝗣𝗮𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗸’𝘀 𝗗𝗮𝘆 𝗣𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗱𝗲 𝗖𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗯𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻, 𝗕𝗲𝗴𝗶𝗻𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗡𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗵 𝗔𝗺𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗮
Today, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by many Irish diaspora people, especially in North America. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade first emerged in North America in the 18th century. As the Irish diaspora grew in the United States, St. Patrick’s Day quickly became a popular celebration for American populations. Each year, about 150,000 people form a parade through the streets of New York City, and about two million people respond to the parade. The celebration spread to native Ireland.
𝗕𝗹𝘂𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗹𝗼𝗿 𝗼𝗳 𝗦𝘁. 𝗣𝗮𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗸! 𝗪𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝗱𝗶𝗱 𝗶𝘁 𝗯𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗴𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗻?
According to historical records, blue is the color associated with St. Patrick. Green, in fact, was associated with Ireland’s rebellion for independence. Red was the color of the British Empire and green became the color of the Irish exalted. Irish immigrants in the United States also wore green as a symbol of pride for their homeland.
𝗘𝘃𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗲𝗹𝗶𝘇𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗮 𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗺𝗿𝗼𝗰𝗸 ?
The shamrock consists of three leaves joined together as if to represent the Trinity of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, reminiscent of St. Peter’s Day, which commemorates the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. Religion experts believe that the shamrock in St. Patrick’s hand was a visual representation of the Trinity when he explained it to the local Irish people. St. Patrick preached the Gospel with wisdom and in a manner that was in accordance with the customs of the country.
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