Ireland: Raise your glass in honor of St. Patrick

Posted by on July 21, 2012

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One of the typical holidays in Ireland is St. Patrick’s Day. It is held during March 17th. This is a holiday where you can celebrate everything that is Irish. The historical event is very significant for the Emerald Isle. This is honoring the patron saint of the country and his arrival in 4thcentury. The pagan Irish Celts became Christians. Before that, there was only the feast of Catholic Church which gradually evolved in full fledge worldwide celebration of culture of Ireland. The holiday involves people wearing green. Parades around the cities and villages are common. Due to the fact that a lot of Irish people are scattered all over the world it is celebrated in different countries. Irish people normally go to the church during this day. Although this is the case, the church doesn’t prohibit drinking alcohol.

St. Patrick's Day. Dying the Chicago river green

St. Patrick’s Day. Dying the Chicago river green

The history and legend of this day unfold with great adventure and myths. It is a celebration of the life of the saint that revolves around wisdom, commitment and other intense experiences. The world has recognized a person that is worth of canonization. When he was young he was kidnapped and was sold to slavery. He had spent years in solace, tending sheep. He used to pray at least a hundred times a day. When he reached a certain age, a deep religious calling made him enter priesthood. The pope dispatched him and several others in different parts of the country. The mission was dangerous causing him to be kidnapped at least twelve times but every time he got away.  He died at the age of 77 where he had already baptized thousands of people and established churches and schools throughout the country.

St. Patrick

St. Patrick

St. Patrick's Day in Dublin

St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin

The first St Patrick’s day was held in 1737.  There are colorful parades that happen in the city. In Ireland, this holiday has become a tourist attraction where the city of Dublin is closed to vehicles for a week at the places the events happen. These event include fireworks, parades, exhibits and live music. Other cities in Ireland hold parties, parades, treasure hunting and other merry events.

St. Patrick's Day Parade in South Amboy

St. Patrick’s Day Parade in South Amboy

Some families celebrate St. Patrick’s at home where they dress in green and fill their homes with decoration. They make Kiwi, a delicious drink and they prepare a sumptuous traditional meal that includes Potato soup, vegan Irish stew, peas porridge which is a historical dish and Irish soda bread. There is also the Colcannon which is a combination of mashed potatoes and cabbage. These two are abundant in the country. You can top everything with Apple Orange Bread Pudding and Cinnamon Orange Sauce. This is truly something that would lighten your heart and give a tingling sensation on your taste buds. It is time to raise your glass and celebrate in honor of St. Patrick.

St. Patrick's Day in Belfast 2012

St. Patrick’s Day in Belfast 2012

St. Patrick's Day - Belfast 2012

St. Patrick’s Day – Belfast 2012

 

St. Patrick’s Day photo 1: Jeff Lewis, St. Patrick’s Day photo 2: Thad Zajdowicz, St. Patrick’s Day photo 3: Jim Nix, St. Patrick’s Day photo 4: Anthony Correia, St. Patrick’s Day photo 5+6: Adam Shaw

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