The History Behind St. Patrick’s Day

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It’s not all just about booze and partying.

Here is the history behind St.Patrick and why clovers are a part of the celebration.

 When Is St.Patrick’s Day?

St.Patrick’s Day is on March 17th.

Who Was St.Patrick?

It’s not unknown that St. Patrick’s day is celebrated in honor of Saint Patrick (the name gives it away). He lived in the fifth century and is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland.

When Was He Born?

St. Patrick was born in Roman Britain and was kidnapped when he was at the young age of 16 and to be a slave in Ireland.

What Did He Do That Was So Special?

He escaped slavery but bravely returned to Ireland to spread God’s Word.

St.Patrick has been credited for bringing Christianity to Ireland.

He became even more well-known and celebrated during the centuries that followed his death (which is estimated to have happened on March 17, 461).

He is best known for his explanation of the Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) using the three leaves of a native Irish clover, the shamrock.

Feel lucky if you find a four-leaf clover. The first the three leaves represent the Holy Trinity and the fourth leaf represents God’s grace.

We are certainly lucky for God’s grace.

Remembering The True Meaning Of St.Patrick’s Day.

Even if you are celebrating St. Patrick’s day this year with friends such as I am, make sure to remember the true reason behind the holiday and if you have children of your own, share and celebrate that reason as well. The beautiful example of the clover and the trinity truly represents what God is as a whole.

Here is some fun ways to celebrate St-Patrick’s Day With Your kids!

  1. An educational coloring sheet of St. Patrick that explains the Holy Trinity.
  2. Hunt for four-leaf clovers to win a prize (You can print some out as well here since they are a little hard to find and hide them around the house or outside.).
  3. Ask around to see if there are any parades in your area.
  4. If you will be around a group of our kids or larger you can play leprechaun tag. You do this by dividing into two equal teams (leprechauns and fairies) and of course play team tag.
  5. Play Irish music and have a dance party.
  6.  Talk about God’s love and how we are all lucky to have his grace.

Do you have any fun St. Patrick’s Day traditions? Share them below!

-Holly, the imperfect momma.

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  1. When I was a kid, we used to make leprechaun traps the night before. Never caught any leprechauns but the traps were always messed up and candy would be left behind! Just a St. Patrick’s day pro tip for you moms. We used to make the traps out of anything and everything. We would use gold necklaces and stuff to “lure them in”. Might be something to try with your kids next year. I know I will if I ever have kids.

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