St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is one of Christianity’s most widely known figures. Even unto his death, his life remains somewhat of a mystery. In this article, we have compiled together the colouring pages of St. Patrick, which can always be printed at your convenience.
1. Saint Patrick’s real name is Maewyn Succat. Though popularly known as St. Patrick he had his birth name.
2. The largest St Patrick’s day celebration in South America is in Argentina. Argentina is one of the most surprising countries celebrating St Patrick’s Day. Buenos Aires is home to South America’s largest St Patrick’s Day celebration. Several festivals and events occur across the city, including a party in the city centre.
3. At 16, he was captured by a group of Irish pirates and taken to Ireland as a slave.
4. There were never any snakes in Ireland for him to banish. Legend suggests that while our patron saint was enduring a 40-day fast on top of the hill of Tara, a load of slithering snakes appeared and started attacking him.
Brave Patrick fought back and drove them all into the sea, banishing them to British soil. Evidence suggests otherwise.
Ireland was far too cold for any snake to be remotely interested in visiting our fair land during the fifth century.
5. The ice age kept the Emerald Isle cool until a mere 10,000 years ago, after which the surrounding seas were enough to deter any unwanted reptilian guests.
6. St Patrick tended sheep in Ireland for 6 years before he escaped. When he returned home, he studied Christianity and became a priest. He then took his teachings back to Ireland, where he established the Christian church.
7. Patrick was in his forties when he brought Christianity to Ireland. Once back on British soil Patrick decided to embrace his faith and train as a priest. He studied for several years before he felt ready to return to Ireland as a missionary. He returned as the country’s second bishop and taught Christianity to thousands. Pagan chiefs often punished him, but by now he was in his forties and had worked so hard on his faith he was willing to suffer anything. He also believed any challenge to be punishment for his earlier sins.
8. St Patrick’s Day parades began in America, not Ireland.
9. The first St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the United States was held in Boston (1737). Boston has long claimed the first St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the American colonies. On March 17, 1737, more than two dozen Presbyterians who emigrated from the north of Ireland gathered to honour St. Patrick and form the Charitable Irish Society to assist distressed Irishmen in the city.
10. St. Patrick is said to have been buried in Downpatrick, County Down, in Northern Ireland.
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