The Origin of St. Patrick's Day

If you’ve ever wondered how Americans began celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, the international religious holiday celebrated on 17th of March, then read on.


St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, was born in Wales around 385 AD. St. Patrick was a pagan until the age of 16 when he was sold into slavery for 6 years.  During his captivity, he accepted God. St. Patrick escaped and studied in a monastery for 12 years under St. Germain, bishop of Auxerre.

Patrick returned to Ireland to convert the native pagans to Christianity, which was his calling. The Celtic Druids were upset that Patrick was very successful at converting pagans and Patrick was arrested many times, escaping each time. He set up monasteries, schools and churches throughout Ireland.

St Patrick’s mission lasted for thirty years. His death on March 17 in 461 AD has been celebrated as St. Patrick's Day since that time. St. Patrick's Day was first celebrated in America in Boston in 1737. 

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Carla received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Family and Consumer science with an emphasis in Child Development. She also holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree, specializing in public librarianship and youth services.