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Saint Patrick's day: Celebration Worldwide.

Today 17th of March, the Catholics, the Anglicans, the Orthodox and Lutherans are celebrating St Patrick’s Day. This celebration, which is more likely from the Irish culture, seems to be increasingly considered in the other countries worldwide.

 

 It was believed that Patrick was born in the fourth century from a very rich British Romano family. He is known as the Apostle of Ireland and is also the primary patron saint of Ireland alongside with Saints Brigit and Columba. The history of St Patrick declares that at the age of sixteen he was kidnapped and work for six years as a shepherd until he came to have an encounter with God. This encounter made him to become a priest, and he then went on converting Irish pagans into Christians. And chasing snakes from Ireland.

The 17th of March marks the death of this illustrious priest. The Catholic Church and other Churches worldwide celebrate in remembrance of Patrick’s work for the church and the Christian community. On this day it is a custom that the green color is worn. This is because Patrick was said to be using the Shamrock leave to explain the Holy Trinity to Irish Pagans. The green color of this leave has now been adapted to the modern cultures, and people arbore green dresses and accessories to celebrate the Day.  


  St. Patrick's carnaval in Dublin, Ireland.

 Many countries celebrate this Saint. As the national apostle of Ireland, the 17th of March is a public holiday. St Patrick’s Festival parade holds every year in Dublin. This year’s parade held from the 14th to 17th March. Other European countries and American countries like Canada, Argentina, United Kingdom, commemorate the life of Patrick. The peculiarity about the event is by drinking too much of black stuff.

 

St. Patrick's Day in Montserrat, Ireland, Nigerian community. 

Africans celebrate this feast too. There is an unusual link with Nigeria as the country is a Roman Catholic, and bearing the British culture. Technically, St. patrick is the second patron saint next to the Virgin Mary. Nigerians celebrate this feast and also consume much Guinness.They credit the spread of the celebration to the Irish Missionaries who arrived in 1900. Actually many Nigerians received their education from the Irish priests and religious. That is why in Nigeria also, St. Patrick's day is a free day for Nigerian students.

 

Saint Patrick’s Day is becoming a worldwide celebration, slowly leaving the Religious connotation and getting more into a cultural public celebration as many countries embrace the event through socialization and globalization.  

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