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St. Patrick’s Day

Derrion Williams, Writer

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Many Nations celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day on March 17. The man who would become known as Saint Patrick (originally named  Maewyn Succat) was born around 400 A.D. it is believed that Maewyn was kidnapped as a teenager and taken to Ireland. He became a Monk, changed his name to Patricius, and performed many good deeds in Ireland as a missionary. Patricius was made the Patron Saint of Ireland. Legend has it that Saint Patrick died on March 17, 461 A.D. The holiday was originally created in honor of Saint Patrick and it is considered a religious holiday in Ireland. In other parts of the world, it has almost become a celebration of Ireland itself. Today people celebrate the holiday by wearing green and having parties where foods are often dyed green. Parades are held in many major cities around the world. Rivers have been dyed green to honor the occasion. Tradition states that friends might teasingly pinch you if you are not wearing green on Saint Patrick’s Day.

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