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Do you really know what the true meaning of St Patrick's day is?

I answered a question of are you Irish and reading the answers made me think of this question.
Do you really know the true meaning of St. Patrick's Day?
Do tell.


Asked by kalynskorner at 11:25 AM on Feb. 20, 2011 in Holidays

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  • Why was St. Patrick so successful in his missionary work? It was mainly due to the fact that during his time of enslavement by Celtic raiders he learned the Celtic Druids' language, customs, rituals and symbols. This is of great importance because this was the religion that most of the Irish people were practicing at this time. His ability to relate to their religion helped people be extremely responsive to his preaching. In fact, this worked so well that many places within Ireland are actually named after him today.

    One of the many Celtic Druid symbols that St. Patrick used to preach Christianity was the shamrock. Since this plant was held sacred by the Celtic Druids, St. Patrick found it relatively easy to adapt it to fit the Christian religion and thus demonstrate the Holy Trinity.


    Answer by san78 at 11:34 AM on Feb. 21, 2011

  • Saint Patrick's Day (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig) is a religious holiday celebrated internationally on 17 March. It is named after Saint Patrick (c. AD 387–461), the most commonly recognised of the patron saints of Ireland. It originated as a Catholic holiday and became an official feast day in the early 17th century. It has gradually become more of a secular celebration of Ireland's culture.



    Answer by Simplicity3 at 11:35 AM on Feb. 20, 2011

  • Each year people around the world celebrate St. Patrick's Day on March 17, the day on which he died. While St. Patrick has become renowned for driving the snakes out of Ireland, this obviously is not true. Instead

    it is simply an analogy of what St. Patrick really did do. He actually rid Ireland of pagan worship. In fact, by the time that St. Patrick died in 461 the majority of those who were living in Ireland had been converted to Catholicism by him.

    Answer by san78 at 11:33 AM on Feb. 21, 2011

  • Now that we know what St. Patrick is renowned for, we still need to know a little more about his life in order to understand why people celebrate it on St. Patrick's Day. According to, St. Patrick was born in 387. His real name is Maewyn Succat. After spending 30 years doing missionary work within Ireland, he became their patron saint. This is because he was so successful in converting many Irishmen to Christianity. While accomplishing this, he also consecrated 350 bishops.

    Answer by san78 at 11:34 AM on Feb. 21, 2011

  • The Irish back in Ireland don't even do this... more of a holiday for those that came to America because their land at the time was too poor to feed them... and when they came to America they were like the Italians treated like trash... unlike those that hop boarder now of days and have a sense of entitlement? In a nutshell this is it

    Answer by MommaClark3 at 11:31 AM on Feb. 20, 2011

  • It is a catholic holiday honoring St Patrick the patron saint of Ireland, in Ireland it is a Holy Day, in America its a party day... and a lil FYI in Ireland they do not eat corned beef and cabbage that tradition started here in America. In Ireland its Irish Bacon and Cabbage

    Answer by wyattgrace at 11:32 AM on Feb. 20, 2011

  • I learned something new today thanks ladies

    Answer by ExtremlyUnique at 12:10 PM on Feb. 20, 2011

  • I don't but I would be interested to learn about it.

    Answer by TwilightMack at 10:35 AM on Feb. 25, 2011

  • I don't know all the details,but it's to honor a person. Like most holidays. Retails make money on it and the reason we happy st. patricks daycelebrate is forgotten.


    Answer by HomeAlone45 at 10:35 AM on Mar. 3, 2011