Every culture has its own myths and folklore. These stories were usually passed down generations and this is how they still exist. Like other countries, Irish mythology is rich and diverse. One of the most prominent stories is that of the country’s patron saint, St. Patrick.
History And Origin
Back in the 5th century, a story is told of a young boy who was born in Roman Britain. At the age of 16, however, the boy was kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave. He eventually escaped and it is believed that he began to spread Christianity in Ireland.
It is believed that he died in the month of March and this is why the holiday is celebrated on March 17th. By the time of his death, he had established many churches, monasteries and schools all over Ireland. Many legends were born over the years including one that suggested he single-handedly drove snakes out of Ireland.
St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations
Although St. Patricks Day was initially celebrated in Ireland only, it has gained popularity all over the world. During the 18th century, Irish immigrants in the US would openly celebrate their holiday and in 1737, Boston held its first St. Patrick’s Day parade followed by New York City in 1762.