Saint Patrick’s Day (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig) is a religious holiday celebrated internationally on 17 March. It is named after Saint Patrick (c. AD 387–461), the most commonly recognised of the patron saints of Ireland. It originated as a Catholic holiday and became an official feast day in the early 17th century. Nowadays, it is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Newfoundland and Labrador and in Montserrat. It is also widely celebrated in places such as Great Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, and Montserrat, among others.
Originally, the color associated with Saint Patrick was blue. Over the years, the color green and its association with Saint Patrick’s day grew. Green ribbons and shamrocks (they symbolize the rebirth of spring and these days they have been adopted as a symbol of Irish nationalism) were worn in celebration of St Patrick’s Day as early as the 17th century. Other typical St. Patrick’s symbols are the Celtic Cross – a sun (from the Celts) super-imposed on a cross (from the Christians) and Leprechaun who looks like a small, old man (about 2 feet tall), often dressed like a shoemaker, with a cocked hat and a leather apron. According to legend, leprechauns are aloof and unfriendly, live alone, and pass the time making shoes…they also possess a hidden pot of gold.
Now that you already know the origins of this festivity, the only thing that you have to do is to celebrate it properly the Irish way. Have a look at the following clip and be ready to have fun!!!
If you love singing and want to have a good time, come and sing Irish songs with Maire and friends to celebrate Saint Patrick´s Day at the School Hall 7.15 on Wednesday 16th March. Here you have some songs to practice at home. Enjoy!!!