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In the past, St. Patrick's Day was celebrated only as a religious holiday. It became a public party in 1903, by the Bank Holiday Act of 1903, an Act of Parliament of Great Britain introduced by the Irish MP James O'Mara. O'Mara then introduced the law stating that taverns should be closed on March 17, which was appealed in the 1970s. The first parade of St. Patrick's Day was held in the Free State of Ireland, in the city of Dublin in 1931, and was reviewed by the then Defense MinisterDesmond Fitzgerald. Although the secular celebration now exists, the feast is still a religious feast observed in some areas.

Until the mid-1990s the Irish government did not begin to use this international holiday at the height of great celebrations in the world and to promote exaltation through Ireland through innovation, creativity, return to roots and marketing activity. Promote the opportunity and motivation for people of Irish descent (and those who wish to be Irish) to attend and become Join in this imaginative and expressive celebration. Internationally project a confident image of Ireland as a creative, professional and sophisticated country with a striking appearance worldwide.

Born in Britain (Bennhaven Taberniae not found on the maps) around 385, very young was taken captive to Ireland, and forced to guard sheep. Reclaimed freedom, embraced cler status and was consecrated bishop Ireland, displaying extraordinary gifts of evangelizer, and turning to the faith numerous people, among whom the Church organized. He died in 461, in Down, named in his honor Downpatrik (Ireland).

Divine Providence took advantage of this time of slavery, of hard work and suffering, to spiritualize it, preparing it for the future, since it said that until then "it still did not know the true God", meaning that it had lived indifferent to the councils and warnings of the Church.

It is believed that the place of his captivity was on the coasts of May, on the edge of the forest of Fochlad (or Foclut). If so, Mount Crochan Aigli, which was the scene of the famous Saint Patrick's fast, was also the place where he lived the sad years of his youth.

It is stated that, upon his arrival in Irish lands , Saint Patrick spent a season in Ulster, where he founded the monastery of Saul, and with the energy that characterized it, he set himself the task of conquering the favor of the "Great King" Laoghaire, who lived with his court in Tara, Meath.

He used simple language in evangelism. For example, to explain to them about the Most Holy Trinity, he presented them with the leaf of the clover, telling them that just as these three leaflets form a single true leaf, so the three divine persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, form one true God. They all listened with pleasure, because the people wanted to understand.

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Saint Patrick and his enemies

Their staunch opponents were the Druids, representatives of pagan gods. He also suffered greatly at the hands of the Pelagian heretics, who even ruined his work resorted to slander. To defend himself, Patricio wrote his Confessio. Fortunately we have a fairly large collection of these writings, which shows us something of the same, as it felt and acted.

There are many fantasies about the confrontations of Saint Patrick with the Druid magicians but there are also stories that have a historical background. They say that on a Holy Saturday, when our saint lit the paschal fire, they threw themselves with all their fury to turn it off, but no matter how much they tried they failed. Then one of them exclaimed, "The fire of the religion that Patricio has kindled, will spread throughout the island." And they walked away. The wizard's phrase has been fulfilled; the Catholic religion spread in such a way throughout Ireland, which today remains a Catholic country, illuminated by the light of the religion of Christ, and which in turn gave many missionaries to the Church.

The work of the tireless missionary bore fruit with time: We see it in the wonderful blossoming of Irish saints. He succeeded in reforming the civil laws of Ireland, he succeeded in ensuring that the legislation was made in accordance with Catholic principles, which has contributed to the preservation of that nation in the faith for more than 15 centuries, despite all persecutions. / p>