St. Patrick’s Day celebrates St Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland and is also a holiday in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
St Patrick was born in France in the 4th century. His father was an official of the Roman government. When he was almost 16 years old, he was captured by pirates and brought to Ireland. After being freed he returned to France. Saint Patrick studied to become a priest and was later ordained bishop and sent back to Ireland by Pope Celestine, in 432. In Ireland he preached and converted Irish people to Christianity. He built many churches there. It is said that St Patrick used the shamrock to explain the holy trinity to the pagan Irish. St Patrick died on 17th March 461(or 493)
The shamrock is the national plant of Ireland and today is one of the main decorations for this big party day.
Don’t forget to wear green on St Patrick’s Day!