sexta-feira, 3 de março de 2017

St Patrick's Day is Almost There

There are only a few days left until St Patrick's Day. In Portugal we don't celebrate this festival. So, I went to search a little more information about this holiday.

The foremost patron saint of Ireland is famous in many countries, such as Ireland, Great Britain, United States, Canada, Argentina, Russia and even in South Korea.

The Christian feast day was made official in the early 17th century and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish.

Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated on 17 March. On this day people use green and go to the streets. There are parades and festivals while they wear shamrocks while they dance. Cultural organizations, voluntary associations, the military and so are the most common participants.

Saint Patrick's Day parade

It is said that Saint Patrick's used the shamrock, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish. So, the shamrock was sacred for them.

Ireland has the custom of "drowning the shamrock". So, when the parades end people put a shamrock at the bottom of a cup. Then, they fill the cup with whiskey, beer or cider and make a toast to St Patrick and to those presents.

In Great Britain, Queen Elizabeth used to present bowls of shamrock flown over to members of the Irish Guards (So lovely!). The Irish Guards still wear shamrocks on this special day.

St Patrick's Day it's not a legal holiday in the United States but is recognised and observed throughout the country as a celebration of Irish culture. On this day people use green colors and go on parades. The religious aspect of the festival is also noticed.

Saint Patrick's Day parade
Every year in Canada occours one of the longest running St Patrick's Day parades in Montreal. The yearly celebration is organised by the United Irish Societies of Montreal since 1929.

Argentina don't stay behind and every year a party is held in Buenos Aires at the downtown street of Reconquista.

Russia started to celebrate this festival in 1992. A military-style parade is held in collaboration with the Moscow government and the Irish embassy in Moscow.

At Seoul, the capital of South Korea, the Irish Association of Korea celebrates Saint Patrick's Day since 1976.

St Patrick's Day candles by Filomena's Mehendi

May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow. And may trouble avoid you wherever you go.

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!


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