St. Patrick's Day

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St. Patrick's Day is a holiday that has its roots in . St. Patrick, whose real name was Maewyn Succat, was born sometime around the 389 A.D. At the of 16, Maewyn was kidnapped by pirates who had landed his home in England. During the that he was in Ireland, he the Irish and way of life. Having been born of parents and in a Christian home, Maewyn was troubled because the Irish many gods and spirits.

, Maewyn was able to from Irish slavery. He to France where he to become a priest. After of study, he was back to Ireland as a Bishop by the Pope.

back in Ireland, Maewyn, who by now had his name to Patrick, all across the island and churches and schools. According to , he also performed many . One of the best known tells of Patrick driving all the out of Ireland.

In the United States, has come to represent the Irish and the contributions of its to the United States.