St Patrick’s Day is celebrated every year on March 17th, honouring the Irish patron saint, St. Patrick.
The celebrations are largely Irish culture themed and typically consist of wearing green, parades, and drinking.
There are many legends associated with St. Patrick. The symbol of the shamrock used for St. Patrick’s Day comes from the story of St. Patrick using the shamrock to illustrate the Holy Trinity. The three-leafed plant coincided with the Pagan religion’s sanctity of the number three and is the root of the green colour theme.
Another popular belief is that St. Patrick banished the snakes from Ireland. The story says that while St. Patrick was fasting, snakes attacked him, so he chased all snakes into the ocean. However, there have never been snakes in Ireland during the post-glacial period. The absence of snakes and symbolism involved with snakes is believed to explain the story, although it could have been referring to type of worm rather than snakes.
One legend has St. Patrick sticking a walking stick into the ground while evangelizing, which turned into a tree.
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