Saint Patrick's Day
Today is St. Patrick's Day.
Saint Patrick's Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick, is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland.
The Celts were primarily a native of Ireland and Scotland, and were known for their valiant warriors, feared even by the ancient Romans. But in the eyes of the Romans at that time, they were wild, ferocious and uncivilized. It was St Patrick who reached out and shared the gospel of Christ with them.
Although the Celts were not civilized people, they loved nature and enjoyed poetry, songs, and symbols. Saint Patrick preached the gospel according to their nature-friendly and warm heart. In the end, St. Patrick not only evangelized Ireland, but also contributed greatly to reforming various bad customs and practices of the Celts.
St. Patrick's Day is not a holiday. Shops and schools are open as usual and trains run regularly as well. The largest and oldest St. Patrick's Day Parade in the world is held in New York. The parade always takes place on March 17th, and if March 17th falls on a Sunday, it will be held in advance on a Saturday. (The parade starts at 11:00 and ends around 17:00.)
As St. Patrick's Day approaches, we get a message from school telling the kids to dress in green. Green is also the color of the Irish flag. When Saint Patrick preached the gospel to the Celts as a missionary, he even compared the Trinity to a clover.
To commemorate this kind of green, today I am writing with green in my drawing.
Myungja Anna Koh