Each year on March 17th, natures favorite color, green, takes centre stage at most cities and towns all over the world. St. Patrick's Day is best known for parades, beer, and turning rivers green, but the holiday has a long history that's more somber than its current incarnation. St. Patrick's Day originated as a Roman Catholic holiday recognizing St. Patrick, and was introduced to other countries by Irish immigrants as a way of affirming their identity. It's since been adopted by people of various backgrounds.
In the 235 years since the first small St. Patrick's Day parade in New York, Irish immigrants in America have seen this day as an opportunity to celebrate their heritage. But as it developed, this holiday became and continues to be a global phenomenon as people don green and participate in parades and festivals accross many nations.
The floral touch
Ancient tales have it that St Patrick used the three-leaved shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to Irish pagans. The shamrock is now known as the symbol of Ireland. It is ,In the present day, people exchange green flowers and decorate their shops, houses and streets with different types of green flowers.
About St Patricks
Little is known of St Patrick's early life, except that he was born in Roman Britain in the fourth century, into a wealthy Romano-British family. His father was a deacon and his grandfather was a priest in the Christian church. At the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken captive to Ireland as a slave. Apparently, 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