St Patricks Day Gifts / February 17, 2019 / Gladys Hayden
Just like St. Valentines Day St. Patrick s Day (i.e 17th March) commemorates the demise of the revered patronised Irish saint St. Patrick. So what is the legend behind St. Patrick which led to the association of a festival in his name and how is the day celebrated ? The story goes like this... Originally born (in later half of fourth century) to Roman parents in Scotland or Roman England (there are conflicting opinions regarding the place of birth) he was previously known by the name Maewyn Succat. He was given a Romanicized name Patricius leading to him being known as Patrick. Patrick was originally a pagan ( a non-believer of Christianity ). During his childhood he was kidnapped and sold as a slave to the Celtic Druids who then ruled Ireland.
He is considered responsible for converting the Irish to Christianity. Saint Patricks Day (or St. Paddy s Day or Paddy s Day or Americanized Patty s Day) is a feast day celebrating Saint Patrick and takes place on 17th of March (the anniversary of his death in the fifth century). What is the meaning Of Saint Patricks Day? The modern holiday is based on the original Christian saint s feast day which is also considered to be the date of the saint s death in 1737. Saint Patrick was born in Wales during the late fourth century (AD 385) to wealthy Roman parents (his given name is speculated as Maewyn Succat or Magonus Sucatus).
It was during that stage of life that his attitude and beliefs towards God started changing. After six years he escaped from slavery when he dreamt of God giving him instructions for the same. He was taught priesthood in France. When he became a bishop he again dreamt of Irish people calling him and requiring his services. So he returned to Ireland with firm belief of converting pagans to Christians. Despite being arrested by the Celtic Druids several times he always managed to escape and was not deterred. He actively baptized and preached Christianity. He even used diplomacy like gifting people in kinglets and gifting lawgivers. For 20 years he had traveled throughout Ireland establishing monasteries across the country.