March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland and on this day St. Patrick, one of Ireland’s patron saints, who ministered Christianity in Ireland during the fifth century, is celebrated. It’s a national holiday in the Republic of Ireland and unofficially in Northern Ireland. The Irish celebrate with a parade in honor of St. Patrick all over the country, but the best is held in its capital, Dublin. The festival lasts five days and many people attend, we’re talking about more than 675,000! The streets are filled with shamrocks, leprechauns and Irish flags. Everything is dyed green. These days people dress in green, drink beer and attend the parades. Particularly striking is the amount of beer consumed, because if we compare the 5.5 million pints of Guinness that can be taken on a normal day, with 13 million on St. Patrick’s day, the figure is an crazy!
St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated as a religious holiday, but it became a public party in 1903 with an Act of Parliament of Great Britain. Even a law prohibiting the opening of the pubs at this event, which was appealed in the 70s. The oldest parade of Ireland dates from 1917 and was held in Wexford, still arouses great interest and is still performed decreed. Although there is now a secular celebration, there are still areas that take it as a religious holiday. It was in the mid-90s when the Irish government began to promote the international festival, projecting a creative, professional and traditional image worldwide. The first St. Patrick’s Festival was held on March 17 of 1996, a year later became a three-day event, in 2000 four-days, and finally since 2006, its duration has five days.
This year the St. Patrick’s festival of Dublin will take place in March from 17-20, it will be a five-day party where you can find all sorts of dancing from salsa to céilís (traditional dance). The theme for the Festival Parade is “Imagine If …” inspired by how young Irish see the future in the next 100 years.
In Cork, the parade takes place on 17th in the city centre from 1 pm, with the theme of “1916 – The Legacy”. It begins on the South Mall to Grand Parade, along St. Patricks’s Street and ending at Merchant’s Quay. Join if you want to see a carnival of colors, music, and comic fun!
So, if you really want to experience this festival, don’t hesitate, Ireland is the place to be to enjoy this special and unique day. You will have the chance to revel in Celtic shows, live music, parties and drink lots of green beer!
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