Happy St Patrick’s Day!
Here in Ireland starting from Friday 14th, people have been celebrating their national holiday st Patrick’s day. I had never heard of this day until moving to Ireland. This is probably the second major favourite holiday after Christmas IMO. So what is happening on this day? I can tell you guys that the festivities start before the 17th March and in connection with this great occasion kids have mid term break on the 14th till 18th March so they also have fun :))) 17th March is a great day for the Irish nation, lots of festive celebrations are taking place right now across the Republic of Ireland. Most people wear green clothes and accessories like hats, glasses, wigs etc.. why green? Because it is as you might know is one of the major colours on the Irish flag and then there is another symbol representing the Irish culture is Green Shamrock.
A little bit of history behind this day
St Patrick’s day is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated annually on 17 March, the death date of the most commonly-recognized patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick. St Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion, the Eastern Orthodox Church and Lutheran Church. The day commemorates St Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, céilithe, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks.
St Patrick in Cork
The weather has been absolutely FABULOUS! We have been out all along enjoying the sunshine and the warm temperature :) Spring time is bringing on lots of joyful events to the city, and the major starting event is of course this national holiday!
Access to the traffic through the major central street gets closed for the beautiful PARADE (pictures of Parade to follow later, if you wish to see, please visit later in the evening :) walking through the city center, that starts in the afternoon on the 17th March and also for food stalls and stage to be set up and seems like ALL people are out on this day to enjoy the festivities, many of them wearing symbolic green hats, listening to music played on the stage that was set up in the central street of the city center, eating yammi take aways or chips, drinking beer, as to kids, OH, they are having lots of fun too like: face painting, jumping in a bouncing castle, watching the circus performances, having custom made balloon presents, occupying all the colorful candy stalls, eating ice cream and dancing to cheerful music. Here are few snapshots of the activities that have been taking place since last week.
Has any of you ever happened to be in Ireland on this day? Please feel free to share your experiences of St Patrick’s day in comments , I will be very happy to hear your thoughts!