The good news of the celebrations of Saint Patrick’s Day (by Grace, 11)

By Grace, 11, Jill Dando News Correspondent

Children and adults around the globe continue to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day every March.
In the South West of England, Bristol revellers enjoyed an impressive parade and cultural celebration, hosted by ‘W.E Irish Fest’.

Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and his day, 17th March, is the celebration of Christianity coming to Ireland. It is also referred to as St. Paddy’s Day and is a celebration of Irish culture in general.

Parades and wearing green or shamrocks (a type of clover with three leaves) are a few of the ways they celebrate.

Saint Patrick used the shamrock to describe the three forms of God: the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.

He used this visionary to convert Irish people to Christianity.

Another way they celebrate is a fun game where if a person doesn’t wear green, they can be pinched!

Saint Patrick’s backstory

As an older child, St. Patrick was kidnapped by a pirate raiding party and sold into slavery in Ireland.

As a slave, he looked after and herded sheep for many years before fleeing to a monastery in England.

He became a devout follower of Christianity and was ordained a Bishop, after which he returned to Ireland as a converter.

Patrick’s, whose actual name was Maewyn Succat, main reason for going back to Ireland was to convert people to Christianity.

In the Catholic tradition, the day a saint passes away is considered a holy day to celebrate their ascension into heaven.

St. Patrick died on March 17 and it continues to be when St. Patrick’s Day is held every year.

Grace of Jill Dando News is one of over 100 Jill Dando Journalists who find, write and publish positive good news out across the world in memory of Jill. 

Jill Dando is also a former student of WCSA where the project began.

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