Saint Patrick’s Day is 17th March each year. On St. Patrick’s Day it is customary to wear shamrocks and/or green clothing or accessories (the “wearing of the green”). This is the date of the death of the most commonly-recognised patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick ( c. AD 385–461). But was Saint Patrick really Irish? Kidnapped by Irish raiders from a village somewhere else in Britain at the age of 16 he was taken to Ireland by Irish raiders as a slave. He escaped but returned later to convert the Irish to Christianity. By the time of his death, he had established monasteries, churches and schools.
Many legends grew up around him—for example, that he drove the snakes out of Ireland and used the shamrock (a three leaved clover) to explain the Trinity to the pagan Irish. What began as a religious feast day has become an international festival celebrating Irish culture and the ‘Emerald Isles’ with parades, dancing, special foods and Irish music. Anywhere in the world, including Thailand, if there are Irish or would-be Irish in town, you’ll find shamrocks, costumed leprechauns, drinking (Guinness or even green beer!) and always lots of green.
Footnote: The St. Patrick’s Society is one of the oldest social communities in Bangkok. Their mission is to promote the cultural, social & educational values of the Irish people.