St. Patrick’s Day. History and Traditions. Who was St. Patrick?. St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. He converted many Irish to Christianity in the fifth century. St. Patrick incorporated traditional Celtic symbols, like the bonfire and the sun , into his Christian teachings.
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History and Traditions
St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland.
He converted many Irish to Christianity in the fifth century.
St. Patrick incorporated traditional Celtic symbols, like the bonfire and the sun, into his Christian teachings.
St. Patrick died on March 17, circa 462.
St. Patrick’s Day is the saint’s feast day and has evolved from a religious holiday to a worldwide celebration.
The shamrock, or “seamroy,” symbolizes the rebirth of spring. It was later adopted as a symbol of Irish nationalism.
The leprechaun, or “lobaircin” was a cranky, “small-bodied fellow” of Celtic folklore, given its “cute” features and popularized in the United States by Walt Disney.
The Celtic Cross – a sun (from the Celts) super-imposed on a cross (from the Christians)
St. Patrick never drove snakes from Ireland; the story is a metaphor for driving paganism from the island.
The traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage has been modified in the United States. Irish bacon has been replaced with corned beef for the annual feast.
Music has always been an important part of Irish life. Irish music is produced with instruments like the fiddle, the uilleann pipes, the tin whistle, and the bodhran.