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…Did You Know? #StPatricksDay

by Maryann Pisano on March 2, 2015

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  • At age 16, St. Patrick was captured by Irish raiders and spent 6 years in captivity
  • He converted to Christian, and returned to Ireland to be a Christian missionary
  • He died on March 17, 461
  • It is said that he rid all of the snakes out of Ireland, and turned the country Christian
  • It is also said that he used a shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity
  • As a result, people in 18th century Ireland began wearing shamrocks on March 17, to signify that they were Irish and Christian
  • Later, they began wearing green
  • The first parade happened in New York in 1762


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