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The History Behind St. Patrick’s Day

by Nia Scott

Apr 14, 2019

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Perhaps surprisingly, Savannah, Ga., boasts one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the world. This year marks the 190th annual parade on River Street, and visitors can enjoy Irish craft and food vendors, storytelling events, live music and dancing throughout the city.

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As you look ahead to next year’s travel, it’s never too early to start planning a trip for St. Patrick’s Day. Before you go, learn more about the history of the holiday, as it is not just an excuse to go out and party. It’s a holiday with lots of history and learning the history is just as important as celebrating the day. This holiday evolved from being recognized by a small country to finding a home in countries all over the world. When the Irish emigrated to different countries, they brought traditions and holidays with them. St. Patrick’s Day is embraced by those Irish and those not; it’s one of those holidays that brings people together.

St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. He was born in Roman Britain in the fourth century and taken to Ireland as a slave at the age of 16. He escaped to a monastery in France, but then returned to Ireland after converting to Christianity. St. Patrick is most famous for confronting the Druids at Tara and abolishing pagan rites, helping make Christianity more popular. His rose to the status of bishop and then became Ireland’s patron saint after his death. His day became popular after the Irish emigrated to the United States and introduced it. The Irish celebrated it as a way to connect with their roots.

St. Patrick paved the way for Christianity by helping it become more popular and forcing out pagan rituals. The majority of Ireland is Christian, and they have Saint Patrick to thank. His story lives on each year his day is celebrated.

 

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