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St. Patrick’s Day

April 28, 2014
Photo: Fr. Lawrence Lew, O.P. via Flickr/Creative Commons

Statue of St. Patrick in St Dominic’s Priory church in London. Photo: Fr. Lawrence Lew, O.P. via Flickr/Creative Commons

By Cate Q. & Gina W.

St. Patrick was born c. 385 A.D. in England and died on March 17th, the day we celebrate as St. Patrick’s Day.

As a teenager Patrick was kidnapped and enslaved in Ireland. After six years he escaped back to England. Later he decided to return to Ireland to teach about his religion.

On his way to Ireland, he found a clover, or shamrock, and took it with him. He used the three-leafed shape of the shamrock to explain religious teachings about a three-part god, and over time the shamrock became a symbol of St. Patrick and of Ireland.

St. Patrick’s Day was first publicly celebrated in Boston in 1737, and 200 years later the first St. Patrick’s Day Parade took place.

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