THE HISTORY OF ST. PATRICK
Patrick was born in Britian. His father was a wealthy alderman and a Christian. When Patrick was 16 years old, pirates captured him during a raid and sold him as a slave in Ireland. He served as a shepherd of an Irish Chieftain in Ulster. During his captivity, he dedicated himself to religion. After 6 years of slavery he escaped and returned home to Britian. As a result of his experiences in Ireland, Patrick became driven by the idea of converting the Irish to Christianity.
St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is one of Christianity’s most widely known figures. But for all his celebrity, his life remains somewhat of a mystery. St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17, which the Irish have observed as a religious holiday for over a thousand years.
Here are some resources for all things St. Patrick’s Day.
The History Channel offers many videos and articles about the history of St. Patrick’s Day. Once your there, you can search for other stories that might interest you.
History of Leprechauns video
History of the Shamrock video
Google Search Engine tends to change it’s logo for holidays and events and St. Patrick’s Day is no exception. Here are Google Logo designs from the past five years.
Google St. Patrick’s Day Logo 2010
Google St. Patrick’s Day Logo 2009
Google St. Patrick’s Day Logo 2008
Google St. Patrick’s Day Logo 2007
Google St. Patrick’s Day Logo 2006
Google St. Patrick’s Day Logo 2005
Google St. Patrick’s Day Logo 2004
On March 17, be sure to take notice of other social media sites logos that will change, like YouTube, which was all green for 2009.
Did you know the Chicago River is dyed green each year in honor of St. Patty’s day?
What are some of your favorite St. Patrick’s Day traditions?