Saint Patrick's Day
March is the month when the most famous Irish holidays takes place. Saint Patrick’s weekend this year is from 16th-19th of March. Weekend when everything will be Green. The holiday and spirit of Saint Patrick is worldwide but of course it’s the most special and wonderful celebration is in Ireland.
Dublin is full with tourists during the celebration. Everyone are dressing green, singing songs and cheering the great Saint Patrick.
HISTORY OF ST PATRICK
St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated annually on March 17, the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years. On St. Patrick’s Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon.
Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were waived and people would dance, drink and feast–on the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage.
We know that St Patrick was born in Wales at the age of 16 he was captured by Irish raiders who attacked his family's estate. He was then transported to Ireland where he was held captive for six years, living a solitary lonely life as a shepherd. It was then that he became a devout Christian, embracing his religion for solace. From his writing, we know that a voice, which he believed to be that of God, spoke to him in a dream, urging him to leave Ireland. He did. Walking nearly 200 miles, Patrick escaped to Britain and undertook seriously religious training.
After 15 years of study, Patrick was ordained as a priest and sent to Ireland. His mission was to minister to Christians and to convert the Irish, then predominantly pagans, to Christianity. Because Patrick was familiar with the Irish language and culture from his years of captivity, he chose to incorporate Irish ritual and symbols into his teachings rather than to eradicate Irish beliefs. Thus, was born the Celtic cross. Patrick superimposed the sun, a powerful Irish symbol, onto the traditional Christian cross so that the result would seem more natural to the Irish.
EVENTS FOR SAINT PATRICK
Enjoy very special walks in celebration of Ireland’s national patron saint, in the company of professional and enthusiastic guides, led by the renowned Dublin historian and author Pat Lidde. See the places that most tourists and many Dubliners miss!
Discover the fascinating truth behind the legend of St. Patrick and the Dublin of his time. The tour takes in ancient sites around the city’s two great medieval cathedrals and includes admission to St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
During the celebration of Ireland’s national holiday, see buildings, venues and spaces across the city illuminate green for the Festival. After the sun goes down, take a stroll through Dublin’s fair city to check out these iconic buildings - they look
Even more impressive in green!
Everyone's a wee bit Irish in Dublin during the St. Patrick's Day Parade. Get those Irish eyes smiling as hundreds of floats take to Jackson Street and Believe Avenue for the ultimate celebration of Irish pride. Be sure to wear your green and get ready to frolic! Watch the kids go crazy as handfuls of candy are thrown their way during this festive parade. Wave at all the frilly green floats as “Lucky” the leprechaun makes his way into town surrounded by floats full of creativity as they make their way through Downtown Dublin.
Parade day is also Super Saturday in Dublin where your family can run like an Irishman in the Leprechaun Road Race, make merry during the Arts & Crafts Festival, or eat corned beef and cabbage at the Irish Supper!
NEED TO KNOW
Saint Patrick is national holiday in Ireland and is non-working day. So everyone are on the street and dress in Green to celebrate this saint.
Enjoy the Green madness and have fun, see you in Dublin!
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