by Josh Davies
History and Heritage
No matter where you are in the world, St Patrick’s day is a joyous occasion marked with celebrations and parties.
Dating back centuries, St Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. As a religious figure in Ireland, St Patrick’s day became a religious celebration in the 1700s. But who was St Patrick? And why is St Patrick’s day celebrated across the world?
Find out everything you need to know about St Patricks day 2022 below…
Thursday the 17th of March 2022.
Every year St Patrick’s Day falls on the 17th of March.
What makes the 17th of March significant? Well, it is the recognised date of St Patrick’s death.
Saint Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in Ireland and Northern Ireland. However, it is celebrated consistently all across the globe.
Whether in Australia or Argentina, you can find St Patrick’s day celebrations. In fact, this Irish celebration is one of the most widely celebrated holidays across the globe.
St Patrick is the Patron saint of Ireland. But who is he? Where was he from? And why is he the Patron Saint of Ireland?
There are many questions about St Patrick. But not all the answers might be what you are expecting. Take a look at some of the popular questions below to discover more about the famous St Patrick.
We already know St Patrick is the Patron saint of Ireland. But how did he get that title?
Born in the late 4th-century, St Patrick grew up to become a Christian bishop and missionary in Ireland.
At the age of 16, Irish raiders kidnapped St Patrick in Britain. He was held captive and forced to work in the fields for around six years.
During this time, he found God. After he escaped, St Patrick returned to England, where he began his religious training.
After training, he went as a missionary to Ireland.
He set about travelling the country and spreading the word of God. St Patrick would perform baptisms, prayers and confirmations to new Christians.
It was here that St Patrick began to spread Christianity across Ireland.
Why not discover more facts about St Patrick and impress your friends with your newly found knowledge.
Surprisingly enough, St Patrick was not from Ireland. He was from Britain.
However, no one is entirely sure whether he was from England, Scotland or Wales.
That is because there are varying accounts throughout history.
After his religious training, St Patrick moved back to Ireland as a missionary and then bishop.
Once he retired, he spent his remaining days in Saul, Northern Ireland. Saul was the location of St Patrick’s first church.
In Latin, the name comes from the word for father figure.
It may surprise you that Patricius was not his birth name.
He was given the name Maewyn but changed this after he had finished his religious training.
Patrick seems like a fitting name for the man that was pivotal to the spread of Christianity in Ireland.
There are a variety of legends that are associated with St Patrick.
The most recognisable is the introduction of the Shamrock. Legend says that Saint Patrick would use this plant to describe the holy trinity.
Some of the other impressive feats include driving Irish snakes into the sea, ridding the country of serpents, raising 33 men from the dead and summoning a herd of pigs.
While St Patrick wrote about a few of these legends, most came after his death. The stories of his life and achievements started to grow throughout the 7th-century.
There are so many events that take place on Saint Patrick’s Day. We can focus on the ones taking place in Ireland.
Taking place in Dublin, St Patrick’s Festival is one of the biggest parties in the capital city.
Enjoy parades, live music, comedians and traditional Irish food.
Plus, if you want to learn more about Irish heritage, there are educational events over the four days to enjoy.
We don’t think there is a better way to enjoy the St Patrick’s Day 2022 celebrations in Dublin.
If you are looking for a party in Cork, the Saint Patrick’s Day parade is full of flair, live music and socialising.
It really gives the city a sense of pride and community as thousands of people come together in the celebrations.
Throughout March, there are hundreds of events in the city that highlight the city’s heritage. You may even notice the green lights showcasing the cities historical monuments.
Accommodation: Search through over 50 cottages in County Cork.
For the first time in two years, the Saint Patrick Day parade in Donegal will hit the streets of the town centre.
Enjoy the celebrations with family and friends and get involved with the singing, dancing, and drinking.
Accommodation: Over 100 cottages in Donegal to choose from.
2022 St Patrick’s Day – Thursday the 17th of March 2022
2023 St Patrick’s Day – Friday the 17th of March 2023
2024 St Patrick’s Day – Sunday the 17th of March 2024
2025 St Patrick’s Day – Monday the 17th of March 2025
2026 St Patrick’s Day – Tuesday the 17th of March 2026
2027 St Patrick’s Day – Wednesday the 17th of March 2027
St Patrick’s Day has history and tradition, with plenty of alcoholic drinks becoming part of these modern rituals. But always drink in moderation and enjoy the celebrations as a community.
Start planning your St Patricks Day celebrations now and explore the rich Irish heritage. From parades to live music, St Patricks Day 2022 is a chance for communities to come together.
Why not enjoy St Patrick’s day with your friends and family in one of these large cottages in Ireland.
Image Credits – Kenneth Allen – (CC BY-SA 2.0)
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