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The shamrock that he used for that became then one of the Irish emblems.
Due to this successful envangelization, Patrick will aso become Ireland Patron Saint.

March, 17 will at first be a religious event and that will last many centuries.
However, in 1931, a great parade took place in Dublin to celebrate St. Patrick.
A festival was also created at the end of the 20th century, just before this celebration became worldwide.

Since then, St. Patrick's Day is the number one event for Celtic nations and also for all the countries where the Celtic diaspora is still alive.

March is the month of Celtic cultures with the celebration of St. Patrick each March, 17. However, this tradition is actually pretty recent as it has developed during the second half of the 20th century.
Before that, we must have a look at ancient times with the story of Maewyn (Maun) Succat who lived in the 4th and 5h centuries AD. Born circa 385 in Great Britain, he died on March, 17. When he was young, he has been kidnapped by some pirates : he was then kept as a slave during six years in Ireland. That's there that he chose to convert to the Christian faith.
Later on he has been ordained bishop in France under the name of Patricius (Patrick) before turning back to Ireland in 432.
That's on the Rock of Cashel (Munster, Tipperary) that he managed to merge the Celtic traditions with the new faith by creating a crossover between the ternary symbolism of the Celts and the Holy Trinity…

St Patrick's Day
The Day of the Celts

ROCK OF CASHEL CROSS (pic. Jon Sullivan)

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