St. Patrick's Day
“Beannachtaí na Féile Padraig Ort” (Blessings of Patrick’s Festival Upon You)
The origin of this tartan is unclear though it is a modern one.
According to the Confession of Patrick, when he was about 16, he was captured by Irish pirates from his home in Great Britain, and taken as a slave to Ireland, tasked with looking after animals. He lived in Ireland for six years before escaping and returning to his family. After becoming a cleric, he returned to northern and western Ireland to spread the word of the gospel. By the seventh century, he had already come to be revered as the patron saint of Ireland.
Legend states that St. Patrick rid Ireland of snakes by driving them all into the sea.
Saint Patrick's Day is observed on 17 March, which is said to be the date of his death. It is celebrated inside and outside Ireland as a religious and cultural holiday. In the dioceses of Ireland, it is both a solemnity and a holy day of obligation. In much of the world, it is considered a celebration of Ireland and Irish heritage. And in the United States, where many people claim Irish heritage, it is a secular holiday of parades, music, food, and general celebrations.
For more on St. Patrick's life, including some theories that place his birth in Scotland, near the town of Dumbarton, in the year 372, click the picture.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!