St. Patrick's Day History: For Kids


St. Patrick’s Day is an Irish holiday celebrated internationally on March 17, to honor the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick. Keep reading to learn more about the origin of the holiday and about the man who inspired it. The first year St. Patrick’s Day was celebrated in America in 1737 in Boston, Massachusetts. The first official St. Patrick’s Day parade was held in New York City in 1766.

Keep reading after the jump to find out more about St. Patrick!

Who is St. Patrick?
St. Patrick, was the patron saint of Ireland. It is known that he was born in Roman Britain in the 4th century, into a wealthy Romano-British family. His father and grandfather were deacons in the Church. At the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken captive to Ireland as a slave. It is believed he was held somewhere on the west coast of Ireland, possibly Mayo, but the exact location is unknown. According to his Confession, he was told by God in a dream to flee from captivity to the coast, where he would board a ship and return to Britain. Upon returning, he quickly joined the Church in Auxerre in Gaul and studied to be a priest.

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