You can’t miss the opportunity to live one of the most famous festivals in the world in the city where it was born: if you are in Dublin, you have to experience St. Patrick’s Day here! This national holiday has gone beyond the boundaries and it is now celebrated all around the world for millions of people who wish to be here. So don’t miss that experience or you will regret it!
St. Patrick’s Day was established in 1995 as a celebration of Irish identity and friendliness. It consisted in the parade carried out on the 17th March. But now, it has become a 4 day celebration with plenty of music and street performances. It’s 4 days when the whole city turns green.
However, without a doubt, the most important event is still the St. Patrick’s Parade. This year the theme of the pageantry will be “Celebrate Now!”. It is expected to be a 2’7km colorful route with bands from USA, Mexico, Germany and, of course, Ireland! Are you really going to miss that opportunity? Celebrate Now! Celebrate St. Patrick’s in Dublin!
The story of Saint Patrick
St. Patrick lived in the 5th century. He was a teenager when he was kidnapped by Irish pirates from his home in Wales. He spent six years in Ireland as a slave until he managed to escape and return to his home. That experience led him to become a cleric in order to spread Christianity among the Irish.
According to the legend, St. Patrick used a shamrock to explain the holy trinity to the people, and it consists in three leaves united in one piece. Eventually, he became the first bishop of Armagh, the most important bishop in the country at that time, and he was known as the “Apostle of Ireland”.
By the 7th century, he was also known as Ireland saint patron, as well as St. Brigit and St. Columba, and in the follow decades and centuries became a symbol of the Catholicism in Ireland. Nowadays, he represents the Irish national identity and St. Patrick’s Day is held in his honour on the date of his death: the 17th March.