Saint Patrick, born in Banwen (Wales) as Maewyn Succat in Scotland (387-390). Patricius was his baptismal name. He is also known as the Apostle of Ireland and it is believed that he has driven the snakes from Ireland (driving the snakes from Ireland was probably symbolic of putting an end to that pagan practice).
Around the age of 16 he was kidnapped from British mainland and shipped to Ireland to become a slave. He became a shepherd in the mountains and spent a lot of time praying. Six years later he had a dream in which he was ordered to go back to Britain (which he did). He studied in continental monasteries for 12 years and became a Priest and later a Bishop. Pope Saint Celestine send him on a mission to evangelize England and then Ireland where his chariot was driven by Saint Odran and Saint Jarlath who was one of his students. He effectively converted Ireland in 33 years.
He died in 461-464 (some sources say he died at Saul, Downpatrick, in Ireland, other say he died in Glastonbury, England and was buried there).
The Chapel of St. Patrick still exists as part of Glastonbury Abbey. Today, many Catholic places of worship all around the world are named after St. Patrick, including cathedrals in New York and Dublin city
Saint Patrick's patronage: against snakes, snake bites, fear of snakes, Engineers, excluded people, archdiocese of Boston Massachusetts, diocese of Burlington, Vermont, diocese of Fort Worth, Texas, diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Ireland, archdiocese of New York, Nigeria, diocese of Norwich, Connecticut, diocese of Portland, Maine, diocese of Sacramento, California.
Saint Patrick has written two works, the Confessio (a spiritual autobiography), and Epistola, a denunciation of British mistreatment of Irish christians. Saint Patrick described himself as a most humble-minded man, pouring forth a continuous paean of thanks to his Maker for having chosen him as the instrument whereby multitudes who had worshipped idols and unclean things had become the people of God.
Saint Patrick's day is observed on March 17 because it is believed that he died on March 17 in the year 461 AD (some sources say 462, 463 or 464). He is the patron saint of Ireland and St. Patrick's Day is celeibrated as a national holiday in Ireland, when people traditionally wear a small bunch of shamrocks on their jackets. Children usually wear orange, white and green badges, and girls and women wear green ribbons in their hair.
Saint Patrick's parades:
Many cities allover the world celebrate Saint Patrick's day with a St. Patrick's Day Parade: Dublin, Ireland has a huge St. Patrick's Day Festival that starts on March 15th, in North America the parades are normally held on the Sunday before March 17th. Since 1737 there has been a Saint Patrick's Day parade in Boston, Massachusetts and since 1766 in New York City. In Montreal there has been a yearly parade since 1824.
Saint Patrick's Day is a folkloric day where people wear green (people who don't wear something green are pinched by those who do!), you will see a lot of shamrock, leprechaun...