El próximo lunes 17 de marzo estamos de celebración, es St Patrick’s day, una festividad que tiene sus orígenes en Irlanda y que, actualmente, se celebra en todo el mundo. Muchas ciudades se tiñen de verde en honor a San Patricio. Pero, ¿sabéis realmente cuáles son los orígenes de esta celebración? y ¿queréis conocer más detalles sobre cómo se celebra en Irlanda? Os lo explicamos en inglés en este artículo.
Every March 17th, Ireland celebrates the anniversary of the death of St Patrick, patron of Ireland, in the 5th century. This day has been a religious holiday for over 1,000 years. Traditionally, families would attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. This feast day falls during the Lent, a Christian season when people aren’t allowed to eat meat. On St Patrick’s day, people would ignore this prohibition and dance, drink and eat the traditional Irish meal: bacon and cabbage.
Who was St Patrick? Was he Irish?
St Patrick was a priest born in Roman Britain (the part of Britain that was under the Roman Empire) into a wealthy Christian family. When he was 16, he was kidnapped and taken to Ireland as a slave. After some years, he could escape to Britain again and study to be a priest. The legend says he dreamt with an Angel who told him to return to Ireland and teach Christianity to its people. It is also believed that he used the three-leaved shamrock (clover) to explain pagans the meaning of the Holy Trinity. He is also known as the Apostle of Ireland and became a symbol of Irish culture and heritage.
Celebrations in Ireland: What is St Patrick’s festival?
As a national day, Saint Patrick’s feast day, has been celebrated by the Irish in Europe since the 9th and 10th centuries. However, since 1995, St Patrick’s festival was stablished to promote Irish culture and tratidions internationally. This festival tries to spread an accurate image of Ireland, to create energy and excitement, to innovate, and to make people feel proud of their Irish roots.
The first St. Patrick’s Festival took place over one day, and night, on March 17th 1996. Since then, it has grown to a 4-5 day celebration.
The biggest celebrations take place in Dublin. There are large parades, marching bands from different countries (USA, Germany, Ireland, among others), food and beer markets, funfairs, outdoor theatre performances and different events for everyone. Since 2011, the most iconic buildings of the city and some others go green with outdoor lighting for the duration of the festival.
See you soon! & May the luck of the Irish be with you! (Irish saying)