Lá Fhéile Pádraig in Irish or St. Patrick's day as we call in English is a cultural and pious event celebrated on the death anniversary of Philanthropist Saint of Ireland, St. Patrick.
Saint Patrick's Day is observed on March 17, every year by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Church of Ireland, the Eastern Orthodox Church and Lutheran church. This day began as a religious feast to observe the day for the saint of Ireland but now this event has become an international festival that commemorates Irish culture with Parades, dance, festive food and lots of green color all around.
As per the belief St. Patrick was Ireland's foremost saint. He was born in a rich Romano-British family to a deacon father. When St. Patrick was sixteen years old, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and enslaved. He was made to work as a shepherd there. It was during this time, that saint Patrick became enlightened and “found God” and became a priest. He converted thousands of pagan Irish to Christianity. It is believed that he died on 17th March and is believed to have been buried at Downpatrick, Dublin.
It is an official Christian feast day celebrated since seventeenth century. This day is celebrated in honor of St. Patrick and Christianity. Celebrations include people wearing green attires or accessories and Shamrocks, taking out processions and attending mass in the church. People Indulge in making merry as the Lenten restrictions of abstinence from alcohol and meat are lifted for the day. This day is globally celebrated by the Irish Diaspora residing everywhere across the globe.
The first St. Patrick's Day Parade was celebrated in New York City on March 17, 1762. It is the oldest and proudest Irish tradition that took place 250 years ago even before the Declaration of Independence of USA was signed. This parade begins at 44th street and ends at Fifth Avenue. It is a foot march done by a military unit for almost six hours wherein no cars or floats are allowed. This day is a large tourist attraction day as nearly two million and more tourists visit NYC every year to witness this spectacular event.
Boston in Massachusetts boasts of nearly a quarter of its resident population being of Irish descent. The most Colossal Parades are witnessed in Boston, which is usually held on Sunday that is closest to March 17. It is a feast to the spectators' eye when thousands of Marchers and merrymakers deck up the city in Green. It begins with the wail of Bagpipes at the Broadway T station.
Since 1813 Savannah has been organizing a St. Patrick's Day Parade. It is the second largest parade held in the nation after NYC. This Parade which is more like a street rolling party is mostly commemorated on Saturday if March 17 falls on a weekday else on Sunday. The Parade begins from Hall Street to Jones Street.
Saint Patrick's feast day marks a holy day of obligation for Roman Catholics in Ireland, as well as a feast day. In Ireland, St. Patrick's Day is a national festival with greatest celebration in the world, celebration of this holy festival comprises of art shows, plays, concerts, fun fairs and the main parade.. A lot of innovation and creativity goes into the preparation for the celebrations of this festival in Ireland. People along with all the family members attend the church processions on this day wearing green Shamrocks on their coats to signify the holy trinity. Later everybody would head for the Parade.
In Montreal, the longest parade of St. Patrick's Day occurs annually celebrating the galore of Irish. A three day festival of cultural music based on St. Patrick's Day is celebrated in Manitoba. A three hour procession of floats, characters in traditional avatar and bands are carried out on Sunday closest to March 17. The procession has never been cancelled till date neither in rain nor in snow
In Great Britain, The Queen presents Shamrock to the soldiers of the Irish Guards who wear a Shamrock on their uniforms on this day. Birmingham holds the most stupendous parade of approximately 3 km in Britain which is ranked third after Dublin and New York. Large number of cultural events surrounding the glory of St. Patrick takes place on this day.
In Moscow, the St. Patrick's Day parade is celebrated both officially and unofficially. The Parade usually resembles a Military Cortege celebrated together by the embassy of Ireland and Russian military.
Unofficially, the celebrations are like a carnival celebrated with Celtic music, jugglers and jolly jumpers performing their acts.
The biggest St, Patrick's Day Parade of Spain can be witnessed in Cabo Roig. The parade begins at Slievenamon and ends at Cabo Roig. Bars and restaurants along the strip offer a lot of food, drink, music along with festivities that commence this parade. A breathtaking Firework display is usually organized later in the evening to conclude the day.
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