7 Quick Facts about St. Patrick's Day

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1. Saint Patrick, born to parents of high-ranking Roman colonists, lived in 5th century Scotland and Ireland.

2. As a teen, Saint Patrick was captured by raiders and brought to Ireland where he was put to work as a shepherd.

3. After escaping from slavery, Saint Patrick is said to have had a dream in which the people of Ireland called out, “We beg you, holy youth, to come and walk among us once more.”

4. Saint Patrick is best known for his evangelistic fervor, courage, and humility, even in the face of difficult opposition from druid religious leaders.

5. The shamrock became associated with the holiday since legend has it that Saint Patrick used a 3-leaf clover to illustrate the doctrine of the Trinity. However, it is likely that there were religious connotations associated with the shamrock from pre-Christian times of Ireland.

6. The rise in popularity of St. Patrick’s Day in North America is largely due to Irish American immigrants’ strength in the face of economic hardship, and withstanding prejudice against their Catholic faith.

7. March 17 is observed as the traditional day of Saint Patrick’s death in the late 5th century.

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