festivals and traditions

Oh Paddy Dear!

Hi guys!

Rockendil is here today to talk about a famous festivity, known all over the world as “Saint Patrick’s Day“!

Well, Saint Patrick’s Day (in Irish “Lá Fhéile Pádraig” or simply “Paddy’s Day”) is an Irish festivity celebrated on 17th March every year. The origins of this celebration date from Saint Patrick ( 385-461 AD), recognized as the patron of Ireland.

Saint Patrick was born in Roman Britain during the fourth century. His family was wealthy, in fact his father was a deacon and his grandfather a priest. At the age of sixteen he was kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave. During this period, Patrick dreamed of God, who told him to escape and flee to the coast, where he would have found a boat for sailing. After this experience, Patrick became a Christian priest. In 432 he was called back to Ireland as a bishop, to christianise the Irish people, who were pagan. Irish folklore tells that one of his teaching methods was the use of the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity. After thirty years of appointment, Patrick died on 17th March 461 and became the patron of Ireland and the first exponent of the Irish Church.

Nowadays,  Saint Patrick’s Day involves different celebrations, but the nucleus of the festivity is Dublin, the Irish capital city. A three-day festival is held every year from 14th to 17th March and this involves a special parade across the city, where all the people wear green clothes, a decorative Shamrock or at least one green thing.

The festival is also associated to Irish folklore, that sees beer as the principal source of power. As the most famous Irish producer of beer, Guinness, used to say “Everyone’s Irish on March 17th”…….. 😉

In my opinion it’s true! Ahahahah I’m a beer lover. Anyway, many concerts take place in Dublin with bands from all over the world, and artists fill the streets with art and the day ends with a nice fireworks display.

In my opinion, it would be fantastic to visit Dublin or Ireland in general in this period! I’ll surely take part in this festival one day.

Let me know what you think about this festival and how you’re going to celebrate it! Post your comments, it’d be nice to find some “Irish” brothers! 😀

Here’s a song for you! Thanks for reading, stay awesome!

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