st patrick 300KENTUCKY (3/16/13) – A holiday named after a religious figure that was, ironically, not born in Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is an Irish holiday that is celebrated all around the world.
At the age of 16, Saint Patrick was kidnapped by Irish Raiders from his native land and sold into slavery in Ireland. There he worked as a shepherd and turned to religion for his only comfort in sorrow. After six years of slavery, he was able to escape Ireland and fled home to Roman Britain.
While back in his homeland, Patrick had a visionary dream that he was to return to Ireland as a missionary. He began training and planning the conversion of the Irish pagan religion to Christianity.
After his ordination as a priest, he was sent back to Ireland with a duty. With Christians living there already, St. Patrick was able to bring a massive religious shift of Christianity by converting people with power. Familiar with Irish culture and language, he was able to incorporate traditional rituals instead of destroying native Irish beliefs. He was able to lay the ground work for establishing churches and monasteries. It is believed that St. Patrick died in the 5th century on March 17.
In honoring the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland, people from around the world celebrate with festive parades, concerts, outdoor theater productions, firework shows and huge feasts. The first parade for St. Patrick’s Day was held in New York 1762. The Irish soldiers who were serving in the English military marched through the streets of New York with music that reconnected them with their Irish roots. Today, North America is the home of the largest productions of St. Patrick’s Day. In modern day Ireland, about 1 million people take part in the St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Dublin, a multi-day celebration that showcases the Irish culture to the rest of the world.
Amber Mena
SurfKY News
Photo provided by Amber Mena your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

Weather Sponsored by

1 DOW 17,798.49
-14.90 (-0.08%)    
2 S&P 2,090.11
+1.24 (0.06%)    
3 NASDAQ 5,127.52
+11.38 (0.22%)    

Stock Report Sponsored by

In Other News...

Domestic Dispute Leads to Weapons Charges

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. (11/27/15) — According to a McCracken County Sheriff's Department report, on Nov. 25, 2015 at… Read More

Farm City Breakfast Recognizes Importance of County’s Agriculture

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (11/27/15) — Nearly 300 guests and Future Farmers of America members woke up early to enjoy the 41st… Read More

Most Read This Week

November 24, 2015 10099

Distillery to Operate in Old Graham School…

by SurfKY News
November 21, 2015 8810

Injuries Result from Beulah Road Accident

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
November 23, 2015 7681

Relative Charged with Murder, Arson in Deaths of…

by SurfKY News
November 24, 2015 4717

Ohio County Most Wanted - Top 10 - November 24

by SurfKY News
November 24, 2015 3341

Man Injured When Vehicle Collides with Deer

by SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

November 17, 2015 16029

Ohio County Most Wanted - Top 10 - November 17

by SurfKY News
November 18, 2015 14518

Runaway Teen Returns on His Own

by SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

November 27, 2015 2514

Madisonville Man Charged with Attempted Murder…

by SurfKY News
November 27, 2015 1319

First United Bancorp Set to Purchase Town &…

by SurfKY News
November 27, 2015 978

Hooked on Science - Pinecone Hygrometer

by SurfKY News
November 27, 2015 847

Farm City Breakfast Recognizes Importance of…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
November 27, 2015 638

Webster County Man Injured in Two-Vehicle Crash

by SurfKY News
November 27, 2015 514

Governor-Elect Bevin Names Two Key Appointments…

by SurfKY News
November 27, 2015 454

Governor-Elect Bevin Names Chad Meredith Deputy…

by SurfKY News
November 27, 2015 437

Kiewit Presents $23,255 to United Way of the…

by SurfKY News
November 27, 2015 348

Salvation Army Rings in Official Christmas…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News