Saint Patrick (real name: Maewyn Succat?) was kidnapped at the age of 16 by pirates and sold into slavery. During his 6-year captivity he found strength in his religious faith. After he escaped, Saint Patrick studied religion in Europe,then travelledto Ireland to spread the Christian word there. He used the shamrock, which resembles a three-leafed clover, as a metaphor to explain the concept of the Trinity (father, son, holy spirit).
Legend has it that Saint Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland — that they all went into the sea and drowned. Poor snakes. I don’t know why he would want to do this, except that the snake was a revered pagan symbol, and perhaps this was a figurative tale alluding to the fact that he drove paganism out of Ireland.
What’s good luck on Saint Patrick’s Day?
– Finding a four-leafed clover (that’s double the good luck it usually is).
– Wearing green.
(School children pinch classmates who don’t wear green on this holiday).
– Kissing the blarney stone.