St. Patrick’s Day 

Graphic by Bruna Costa

The color is green. A celebration of Irish culture. It recognizes the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint who brought Christianity to the country, though he was born a wealthy Englishman! 

It is always celebrated on March 17, the date St. Patrick is believed to have died in the late fifth century. 

At 16 years old, St. Patrick was captured by pirates and taken to Ireland, where he was sold as a slave and forced to work as a shepherd. He later had a dream in which God told him to leave Ireland by going to its east coast. He did that, escaped and returned to his family. Later, he went back to Ireland as a missionary. 

He loved Ireland 

He loved his family 

He died on March 17 

He became a priest 

He became a shamrock, a symbol of love 

We love the St. Patrick’s Day parade. 

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