St. Patrick’s Day is the most celebrated Irish holiday with parties and cultural recognition occurring around the globe. The holiday’s history stretches back more than 1,500 years and has been so storied that facts and legend have merged. While the history of St. Patrick’s Day may not be the clearest, the founding certainly is.
Patrick, also known as Maewyn Succat or Patricius, was likely born in Roman-England or Scotland around the year 400 to his father Calpurnius, a Roman-British army officer. He was kidnapped by pirates and sold into slavery in Ireland. He spent six years in prison before dreaming of God telling him to escape.
He escaped and ventured to France where he joined a monastery. He became a bishop after 12 years of training, after which God told him to return to Ireland. With the Pope’s blessing, he set out to aid the Irish.
Once there, St. Patrick converted many of the Irish to Christianity, including many royal families. Although he was arrested on more than one occasion, he escaped to continue setting up schools and churches as a foundation for the Ireland we know today.
We at Haddad Nissan can’t wait to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day next month!