Who was Saint Patrick?
"Patrick" was born Maewyn Succat in Wales around 385 A.D. At about 16 years old he was sold into slavery when his village was raided. About 6 years later, he escaped to a monastery in Gaul (France) where he lived and studied under the Bishop of Auxerre, St. Germain, for nearly 12 years. It was there he found his calling: converting pagans (like he himself once was) to Christianity.
Eventually he returned to Ireland, and through much hardship, was quite successful in his quest to convert the pagans.
It is said that St. Patrick used the shamrock as a symbol for Christianity. Maybe this, and our great love of holidays, helped to start many of the traditions now associated with the holiday... the beautiful green Irish countryside, green shamrocks, green leprechauns, green anything! ...and a bit o' gold for the luck o' the Irish.
...speaking of green, here's a very special
St. Patrick's Day Recipe
Prepare anything that you might normally eat or drink
much as you normally would.
Suggestion: Stop eating and drinking when you start to feel a bit "green".
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