festivals and traditions

Lá Fhéile Pádraig (Saint Patrick’s Day)

St. Patrick’s Day (17th March) is the Irish national holiday that celebrates Patrick, the patron Saint of Ireland.  The celebrations usually include a great street parade, a lot of music, dancing and drinking!

This day is not only celebrated in Ireland but also throughout the world, in particular in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and wherever Irish people and their descendants live. The colour green has become one of the symbols of this celebration. Green ribbons and shamrocks are mainly worn. Many people, regardless of their origin (as the saying goes, “everyone’s Irish on March 17th”), wear green-coloured clothing and other items (apart fromT-shirts, scarfs, hats, hair-bands or hair-pins people also dye their hair!). There seems to be a sort of a “green fever” on that day! A food colour is added to beer to make it green, in America Seattle and other cities paint the traffic stripes  of the parade road green. And hear oh hear, Chicago dyes the Chicago river green!!! If you don’t believe it watch the video! 😉

4 thoughts on “Lá Fhéile Pádraig (Saint Patrick’s Day)

  1. I saw the video of the Chicago River…it’s incredible! That green is wonderful. Only americans could do this =). But isn’t it toxic?

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