Ireland became Christian because of St. Patrick, the first man who introduced about Christianity there. Patrick was born to a rich family in Great Britain. When he was 16, Patrick was kidnapped and was taken to Ireland as a slave. He eventually managed to escape, but then went back to Ireland as a missionary after spending time studying Christianity. In Ireland, became a bishop and began several churches. He traveled throughout the island, telling the Irish the gospel and baptizing them.
The day of Patrick’s death, March 17, was made a religious holy day, and now has been established as national holiday in Ireland. Every March 17, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated massively to commemorate his merit in Ireland. Some countries which has many Irish people and immigrant, like America, England, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are usually also celebrate the St. Patrick’s Day.
The celebration of St. Patrick’s Day is identic with green which symbolizes the trinity of Christianity. Therefore, visitor will see many green decorations at St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Many foreigners like to go to Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day. But if you do, you must wear something green. If you don’t, you will be pinched. St. Patrick’s Day was first celebrated in America in 1737, by Irish who live there. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade in the U.S. was in 1762.
In Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day was first officially celebrated as a public holiday in 1903, although the church had been celebrating it as a religious feast day since the 17th century. On St. Patrick’s Day, each family in Ireland begins their day at church for prayer, then the parade and festival are in the afternoon. The parade is full of Irish music. Irish music exposes the Irish people’s feelings towards their country. Irish music accompaniment is usually violin, tin-whistle, uilleann pipe, and bodhran, a type of tambourine. At night, the Irish usually party and dance to the Irish music. Irish food like corned beef mixed with cabbage, beef pie mixed with Guinness beer and chocolate bread, is eaten.
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