St. Patrick was not actually Irish. He was born around 373 A.D. in Scotland, Wales, or Britian. When he was 16 years old, he was kidnapped by pirates and sold into slavery in Ireland. During his six years as a slave he was a shepherd. He began to have religious visions and he found strength in his faith. He finally escaped by way of ship and went to France. There he became a priest (and later a bishop).
When he was an older man he returned to Ireland and established many churches and converted many Irish to Christianity. It is said that he used the shamrock, with it's three-leafed clover, to explain the Trinity (father, son, and holy spirit).
Legend has it that he drove all the snakes out of Ireland. Biologists say that snakes weren't ever on this island. Well.....what's an Irish story without a wee bit of blarney thrown in?
In Ireland St. Patrick's Day is a religious holiday and the green beer and parades are mostly for the tourists.
In America it has become more of a day to celebrate Irish heritage and have fun. As the saying goes, "everybody is Irish on St. Patrick's Day!" The first American celebration of St. Patrick's Day was in Boston, Massachuetts, in 1737.
Green is worn on this day because it is the color of spring, Ireland and the shamrock. What happens if you don't wear green? You get pinched!!!
I leave you with an Irish blessing:
May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you wherever you go.
Researched by the very Irish Sunbridge employee: Anna Flanagan-Kasper.