Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. His real name was Maewyn
and it is
that he was Scottish
. He first
to Ireland as a slave. It was
his time as a slave that he
to Christianity. After many years, he
and returned home to his family and trained to
St. Patrick returned to Ireland a bishop. He spent many years travelling the , building churches and converting the pagan Irish people to Christianity. His time in Ireland lasted 30 years and he on March 17th AD 431. is said to be buried in Downpatrick, County Down in Ireland.
There are myths and legends surrounding St. Patrick, but the famous one is that he drove all the snakes out of Ireland. It is now thought that snakes were a symbol for paganism, , legend or not, the only snakes you in Ireland are in the zoo!
Every year St. Patrick’s Day, millions of Irish people all over the world take to the streets to the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. There are usually different types of floats and singing and dancing. The biggest parades are in New York and Boston. In Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is a national holiday: the schools close and many people have a day . People dress in green, dye their green, wear shamrocks, drink green beer, etc. The colour green is associated with Ireland the green hills and fields of the country.