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 St Patrick really Irish? Kidnapped by Irish raiders from a village somewhere else in the British Isles at the age of 16 and taken to Ireland as a slave.
He escaped but returned later to convert the Irish to Christianity. By the time of his death on March 17, 461, 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 plant) to explain the Trinity to the pagan Irish. What began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland has become an international festival celebrating Irish culture and the ‘Emerald Islands’ 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, drinking (even green beer!) and always lots of green. Footnote: The St. Patrick’s Society is one of the oldest social communities in Bangkok. It’s mission is to promote the cultural, social & educational values of the Irish people.