It’s almost here. The annual Irish festival celebrating “St. Patrick’s Day”. The festival in its current form began in 1995 in celebrate Ireland’s national holiday for its patron Saint Patrick.
St Patrick’s Festival
The event around St. Patrick’s day (St. Patrick’s festival) began on March 17, 1996 for one day only but has grown to 4 or 5 days.
It is a festival that the Irish population is proud of. It is also an international festival where Irish talent performance for domestic and a large international audience. It’s something the Irish and now the rest of the world look forward to.
The party is for all ages and it is for everyone. March 17, St. Patrick’s Day is a day that you have to experience once in your life in Ireland just like King’s Day in the Netherlands. Where in The Netherlands everyone just dressed head to toe in Orange, green is the color of choice in Ireland. One thing St. Patrick’s day and King’s Day have in common is invariably the celebration ends up in the pub.
St. Patrick’s day also inspires creative ideas, where energy and enthusiasm come together to make the event as special as possible. It is a time of inclusion and fun for everyone.
On March 17, 2016 there it was estimated that more than 500,000 people attended the parade in Dublin where 3,000 artists participated in and this number will no doubt only grow. There were all kinds of creative presentations of Irish artistic groups, including Spraoi, Artastic, Inishowen Carnival Group, City Fusion, Dowtcha, Bui Bolg, DIT and Brighter Futures.
St Patrick’s Day – March 17, 2017
It was St. Patrick who converted the Irish to Christianity, so the story goes.
Saint Patrick’s Day is officially a Christian feast day in the early 17th century and is accepted by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion Eastern Orthodox Church and the Lutheran Church.
March 17 is the day that St. Patrick died. Therefore that day declared a national holiday. In Ireland, the celebration of a person’s life goes hand in hand with the mourning of death and so the only reasonable thing to do is have party on the day of the death of St. Patrick. On this day everyone commemorate St. Patrick and the arrival of Christianity to Ireland. Also, the culture and heritage of the Irish is generally celebrated on March 17th. It is the day of parades, festivities, music and maybe a ‘quiet drink or two’.
According to one of number of different versions of his life story being told, St. Patrick was born around the year 385 and to Calpurnius and Conchessa, Roman citizens who were living in Scotland or Wales.
Where is the best place to celebrate?
St. Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador and British overseas territories of Montserrat. It is also widely celebrated by the Irish diaspora around the world, especially in Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand. St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in more countries than any other national festival.
You can celebrate anywhere St. Patrick’s Day in any of these places but you have celebrate it in Dublin it once at least your life. If you find it too busy in Dublin. You can also celebrate in cities such as Limerick, Cork, Kilkenny and Galway but celebrating this festival in Dublin is simply much more special. Just as you would have celebrate King’s at least once in your life in Amsterdam.
What to wear?
The Irish flag is green, white and orange so you can if you just take out your orange Netherlands King’s clothes and add some green and white you’ll fit in nicely in Dublin for St. Patrick’s day. Everyone out on the streets spilling out from the pubs to join in the fun.
When is St. Patrick’s Day festival?
2017: Thursday, March 16 – Sunday, March 19th
2018: Friday, March 16 – Monday, March 19th
2019: Friday 15 March to Monday, March 18th
2020: Saturday 14 March to Tuesday, March 17th
St. Patrick’s Day is always on March 17th.