On the 17th of March people from many countries in the world are celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day. This day is mainly an Irish national fest to commemorate the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick who was a bishop and one of the first to christianize Ireland. The primary symbols of St. Patrick’s Day (and whole Ireland) are colour green and a shamrock which, according to the legend, was used by St. Patrick to explain the dogma of the Holy Trinity to first Irish Christians.
Another famous icon of this holiday is a leprechaun – a mystic Irish dwarf with red hair and beard dressed in green. The leprechauns are malicious and artful. It’s common believe that they are guardians of treasure at the end of the rainbow. Some people disguise themselves as a leprechauns on March 17th.
St. Patrick’s Day has many traditions. On this day people are taking part in parades, which are full of Irish folk music and singing. Apart from parades, shows of Irish dance are organised too. All of participants are wearing green and having fun with their families and friends. In many places in the world this is a free day from school and work.
If you like dancing and you are interested in Irish culture, it’s a good idea to watch this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgGAzBDE454 – Irish dance performance
Moreover, on March 17th it is a popular custom to drink special green beer, whiskey and have traditional Irish dinner with corned beef and cabbage. There is also an interesting habit to colour water (in for example: rivers and fountains) to green, like Missisipi River in Chicago.
News prepared by Kacper Górak from 2b, edited by Mrs. Marzena Kossak-Wąchała