From Alce Idiomas we wish a VERY HAPPY SAINT PATRICK’S DAY to all our Irish collaborators and friends!

happy saint patrick's day

Tomorrow, March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day, patron saint of Ireland, is celebrated. Saint Patrick was born in 387 in Kilpatrick, near Dumbarton, Scotland. His father was an officer of the Roman army. Irish pirates took 16-year-old Patrick prisoner and sold him as a slave. He spent six years in Ireland, where he learnt to speak the Celtic language. He escaped and went to France to prepare for monastic life, and was ordained a priest. When he was 46 years old he decided to return to Ireland to evangelize his people. And there he remained almost three decades, until his death on March 17, 461.

A Christian tradition says that Patrick explained the mystery of the Holy Trinity using a three-leaf shamrock. That is why it has been established as a custom to wear a shamrock in the celebration of his holiday. It is also usual to dress in green and even dye the beer in honour of Ireland, also known as the “Emerald Isle”.