March 17th honors St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland. Ironically, however, St. Patrick was not born in Ireland, but in Wales as Maewyn Succat in 387 A.D.
Captured by raiders from Ireland, he was sold as a slave. It was after six years in captivity that he escaped and rejoined his family. Following the church’s teachings, his assumed calling brought him to Ireland as a missionary. As such, he worked in Ireland for 30 years, successfully converting the pagans to Christianity. After his death on March 17th, 461 A.D., he was bestowed sainthood.
Today, St. Patrick’s Day is still celebrated all over the world. Regardless of where you are, be sure to wear green, a tradition that is linked to the colors of the Emerald Isle’s terrain.