If you would like to experience a traditional St. Patrick’s Festival, head to Dublin between the 14th and 17th of March 2014 for 3 days of entertainment. (http://www.stpatricksfestival.ie/events). One typical event is a Céilí, a celebration of traditional Irish music and folk dancing. This highly sociable gathering is a great opportunity for you to learn some steps and soak up the Irish culture. Another must-see is the St. Patrick’s Day parade. A colourful spectacular that makes the streets literally come alive. Leading pageant companies and marching bands will parade the streets of Dublin from 12:00 pm on March 17th.
History of The Tradition of St. Patrick’s Day
Most all of us know that Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland; although it is reported that he was actually born in Roman Britain in the 4th century, before being kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave at age 16. After escaping, he later returned to Ireland as a bishop and is credited with bringing Christianity to the country. He died on the 17th of March, 461 and the anniversary of his death is celebrated on the same day each year. This Roman Catholic feast day has been celebrated since the 9th or 10th century, but it was not until 1903 that St. Patrick’s Day became an official public bank holiday in Ireland.
Typically the degree to which people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day varies according to religious beliefs; families would attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. St. Patrick’s Day notably falls during the Christian period of Lent. However, Lenten restrictions on eating meat and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day so people can feast and drink. This has certainly encouraged and propagated the holiday’s tradition of alcohol consumption! The day gets off to a good start with an Irish breakfast; the ingredients vary from family to family but this hearty fry-up typically features Sausages, Bacon, Black and White Pudding, Eggs, Beans and Soda bread. Later on in the day people feast on traditional dishes such as Irish bacon with cabbage, soda bread, potatoes and cottage pie.
The first Saint Patrick’s Day festival in Ireland was held in 1996. Ever since then the event has become increasingly cultural, and it is now a celebration of all things Irish! The colour green is synonymous with Ireland, as it is known as the Emerald Isle. People will often dress in green clothes on St. Patrick’s Day and some pubs will even dye the water green. This is all in homage to the Shamrock, a type of clover that is the symbol of Ireland. Perhaps the most well-known legend is that Saint Patrick himself explained the Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) using the three leaves of the native Irish plant.
If you are thinking of making a trip to Dublin, St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect occasion to experience the best the country has to offer. Team the festival activities with your own personal adventures to make an unforgettable weekend. Be sure to include the top sites of Dublin Castle, The Guinness Storehouse and the stunning Trinity College.
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