Saint Patricks Day … the tradition.

Saint Patricks Day … the tradition.

If you are on tours of Ireland in March you need to know about Saint Patrick’s Day as it is celebrated each year on the seventeenth of March.

In Ireland, Saint Patrick’s Day is both a holy day and a national holiday.

Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland as he was the one who brought Christianity to the Irish.

According to legend , Saint Patrick used a shamrock to explain about God.  The shamrock has three leaves on each stem.  Saint Patrick told the people that the shamrock was like the idea of the Trinity – that in the one God there are three divine beings:  the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  The shamrock was sacred to the Druids , so Saint Patrick’s use of it in explaining the trinity was very wise.

Although it began in Ireland, Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated in countries around the world.  People with Irish heritage remind themselves of the beautiful green countryside of Ireland by wearing green and taking part in the festivities.

Saint Patrick’s Day is usually celebrated with a parade.  The one in Dublin, Ireland is known to some as the Irish Mardi Gras.  Why not see it this year on your Ireland tours. Its a great time to visit Ireland.