St Patrick’s Festival
St Patrick’s Festival
What is St. Patrick’s Festival? St. Patrick’s is an annual Irish Festival dedicated to the patron Saint of Ireland Patrick. The festival is held each year on 17th March and that day is a national holiday in Ireland.
St Patrick’s is widely celebrated across the world: Northern Ireland, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, the United States, Argentina, New Zealand and more. On St. Patrick’s Day all are eating traditional Irish food, drink Guinness beer and Irish whiskey. The highlight of the day is a parade. Parades are help around the world, and the one in Ireland’s Capital Dublin, is one of the biggest and most impressive.
On St. Patrick’s Day thousands of people come to Dublin to celebrate and enjoy the day, watch amazing parade, drink Irish drinks and eat Irish food. Everyone is proud to be Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, and country with dominating green color on the faces, clothes, flags, hats and other different trappings and accessories, cars, houses and all other premises, is the greenest any city could ever get.
St. Patrick’s is Irish tradition, Irish culture and a big and inseparable part of who Irish are.
St. Patrick’s history
It is believed that he was born in the 4th century,in Britain, in a wealthy Roman citizenship family. His grandfather was a Christian church priest and his father was a deacon.
16 years of age Maewyn was kidnapped by Irish raiders and sold into slavery in Gaelic Ireland. While being a slave, he considered himself as a pagan, but right then he “found God” and opened up his soul and heart to Christianity.
After 6 years of hard work in slavery, he escaped to Gaul city in Britain, where 12 years he studied Christianity in a monastery. During the studies, the young man realized that his life mission is to convert all Irish pagans into Christians. He wanted to go back to Ireland and then to fulfill his life mission. However, the elders decided that Palladio will be sent to Ireland. But two years later Palladio was moved to Scotland and then Maewyn, changed his name into Christian name Patrick and went to Ireland where he was finally appointed second Irish bishop. He successfully baptized the local residents, but the Celtic priests didn’t like that. They repeatedly arrested Patrick for no reason, but he always managed to escape. Patrick traveled through Ireland by establishing new Christian monasteries, schools and churches. So he gradually changed his country into more modern, educated and Christian. It is also believed, that St, Patrick drove all the snakes out of the country. Ireland is snakes free country.
Patrick’s mission lasted 30 years, until he finally settled in County Down. St. Patrick died 461 years ago on 17 March, the day, which is a national holiday in Ireland and widely celebrated across the world.
Irish immigrants in New York city were very active- they organized the very first St. Patrick’s parade in 1762. And more than 140 years later it came to Ireland taking place in Waterford in 1903. In Dublin the first St Patrick’s Day parade was held in 1931.
The first St Patrick’s Festival took place on 17 March 1996 and since then it extended year after year by amount of attenders, days celebrated and celebrating countries, making it a world famous celebration. A world famous St. Patrick’s events in Dublin attracts over a million people all over the world.
St. Patrick’s symbols
Shamrock- is one of the most important festivals and the Irish symbols. It’s believed that this character occurred when St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the St. Trinity to pagans: God the Father, God the Son, and the Holy Spirit is a separate unit of the same elements as the three separate clover leaves but connected by stalk. St. Patrick’s followers began to wear the shamrock clover on St’ Patrick’s Day.
Leprechauns-is another St. Patrick’s celebration symbol. They are small, thick, old men, but despite body composition, they move very gracefully and they are also the owners of the hidden treasures.
Green is a color of Ireland and a color of St. Patrick’s Day therefore green clothes and accessories have been worn since early 1680s.
Come to green Dublin and have tons of fun, excitement, unforgettable day and lifetime memories.