Celebrating St Patrick’s Day!
St. Patrick’s Day is an annual celebration on March 17, with millions of Irish around the world celebrating the life of Saint Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland. It’s also a celebration of all things Irish, the heritage, food, parades, Irish lore and the world famous Irish Guinness. The day has been observed as a religious holiday by the Irish for over 1,000 years. The festival falls during the Christian Lent season.
St. Patrick was born in Banna Venta Berniae, in Roman Britain, sometime in the late 300s AD.
His name was Maewyn Succat, but he chose to be known as Patricius later.
He was kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave at the age of 16. He later escaped but returned to Ireland and was credited with bringing Christianity to its people.
By the time of his death on March 17, 461, he had established monasteries, churches, and schools. and there were many legends of St Patrick.
The most popular tale is that St Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland.
Irish legend says that Saint Patrick used the shamrock as an educational symbol to explain the Holy Trinity to non-believers as he converted the Irish to Christianity in the fourth century. The national emblem of Ireland is the shamrock, the three-leaf clover.
In the centuries following Patrick’s death which is believed to have been on March 17, 461 he became celebrated by the Irish for the work that he had accomplished.
Patrick Skene, Writer and Chief Creative Officer, CulturalPulse said:
“The Irish diaspora across the world is much bigger than the population of Ireland and has been a very successful migrant group including Prime Ministers Paul Keating in Australia and Presidents in America including John F Kennedy and Joe Biden.”
“For Australians like myself with Irish Ancestry it is a unique annual holiday to wear green, reconnect with my heritage and celebrate and share a beautiful culture with the rest of the world.”
Although St Patrick’s Day public celebrations and parades will not take place this year in Ireland, communities around the globe will be connected the ‘St Patrick’s Day at Home with Tourism Ireland’ – a unique 90-minute broadcast that will beam out from three much-loved pubs in Dublin, Belfast and the pretty coastal town of Dingle in County Kerry on March 17th.
Tourism Ireland wants to give the Irish Diaspora and friends of Ireland around the world the chance to celebrate St Patrick’s Day from the comfort of their own homes. Featuring all the elements of a typical night out, it will be a cabaret-style event, with a huge welcome, traditional and modern Irish music and dance and, of course, great fun! It will even include two members of Riverdance showing Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh some steps from the iconic Riverdance show.
Niall Gibbons, Chief Executive of Tourism Ireland is excited about this year’s ‘St Patrick’s Day at Home’:
“This St Patrick’s Day, we’re bringing the celebrations into the homes of the Irish community and friends of Ireland around the globe. Our message is that we can’t wait to roll out the green carpet and welcome our overseas visitors back to the island of Ireland, as soon as the time is right.”
Sydney, Australia is set to celebrate St Patricks Day at the Rocks and organisers have been preparing to ensure a COVID Safe experience for all those who want to let their hair down.
The Republic of Ireland is located in Northern Europe and North Atlantic Ocean, just west of the United Kingdom. The country occupies a large majority of Ireland’s island, with Northern Ireland (part of the United Kingdom) covering the northeast.
Cities worldwide, especially those with a large number of Irish immigrants, usually hold extensive celebrations, including elaborate parades. In Australia, people hold parades while clad in traditional Irish costumes or dressed in green and floats displaying the Irish flag. Some people dress as leprechauns while others wear green wigs.
The Sydney St Patrick’s Day Festival is returning to The Rocks for a family-friendly, free event on Sunday, March 21st 2021. For more information click here:
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In the 2011 Australian census, 2,087,800 residents identified themselves as having Irish ancestry.
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