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St Patrick’s day

St Patrick’s day

As we are already in March, I have to dedicate one article about St Patrick’s Day in Dublin.  St Patrick’s Day is held on 17th March (the death date of Saint Patrick) and is also called the Feast of Saint Patrick. It is a religious and cultural celebration that gather all Irish every year. You must wonder who “Saint Patrick” is. Saint Patrick was a 5th-century Romano-British Christian missionary in Ireland.

Even though you have certainly already seen some nice photos of St Patrick’s Day on internet or wherever, I will describe how Irish celebrate that day. First, it is essential to wear green attire or shamrocks (“the wearing of the green”). Shamrocks are a symbolic sign because it is said that St Patrick used it to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish. Green is a symbolic colour because it has been associated with Ireland when the green harp flag was used by the Irish Catholic Confederation (in the 1640s). However, what surprised me is that for many years, blue was the colour most often associated with St. Patrick’s Day and green was considered “unlucky”. Today, you can notice that the Irish Presidential Standard is still blue. I know that it is originally a religious celebration, however, the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for St Patrick’s Day.

It is in 1903 that St Patrick’s Day became an official public holiday in Ireland. This same year, the first St Patrick’s Day parade in Ireland was heal in Waterford. Then, the first St Patrick’s Day parade in the capital, in Dublin, was held in 1931, 22 years later.

Concerning St Patrick’s Festival, the first one was held in 1996. It was a three-day event and by 2000, it became a four-day event. Finally, by 2006, it became a five-day event. It includes concerts, outdoor theatre performances and some fireworks.

Finally, I will share with you two facts about St. Patrick’s Day that I was told and that I found diverting. First, there is a tradition that happens every year in which the Irish leader gives a crystal bowl full of shamrock to the President of the United States. However, what is not said is that the shamrock is immediately destroyed by the Secret Service after the exchange between the 2 leaders and the photos in case of. The second fact that I found interesting and that illustrates my article about alcohol consumption in Ireland is that on St. Patrick’s Day, Guiness sales soar (in Ireland and worldwide). In fact, 5.5 million pints of Guiness are downed every day; However, on St. Patrick’s Day, 11 million pints of Guiness are downed, in other words, twice the initial figure.

I went out on St Patrick’s Day. I went to see the parade. Even if I am small and streets were over-crowded, I saw it perfectly. To be honest, I did not understand the theme of the Parade because there were too many different things and persons filing. This is why I did some researches and I figured it out later. It was inspired by the imagination of the youth of Ireland as they look to the future. People were all wearing green costumes, some Leprechaun costumes, Irish Suits, Shamrock Suits, Leprechaun Head Masks, St Patrick Costume, top hats, Ireland Flag buntings and so on. It was a really nice moment.

 

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