Saint Patrick's Day

A cultural and religious Ireland celebration

Saint Patrick's Day in Ireland

The St. Patrick's Day, is a Christian origin festival which is celebrated on March 17 of each year in honor of Saint Patrick, patron of Ireland. March 17 is a national holiday in the Republic of Ireland, but it is only a bank holiday in Northern Ireland. The features of St. Patrick's day are also parades through the streets, especially in Dublin, Montreal, New York, Chicago and Boston. The St. Patrick's Day has been inserted in the liturgical calendar of the Catholic Church at the beginning of the seventeenth century. The St.Patrick's Day often falls during the period of Lent. In the past it also happened sometimes that just fell during Holy Week. It happened for example in 1940 and the celebrations were moved to April 3, just to avoid that coincided with Palm Sunday. In 2008, they were deferred to 15 March for the same reason. The day of celebration will not fall over during Holy Week until 2160, when it will coincide with the Monday before Easter. In North America, which has a large number of communities of Italian origin, the celebration of St. Patrick's Day are often combined with those for Saint Joseph, holiday falling two days later on March 19.

Saint Patrick's Day around the world

The St. Patrick's Day is now celebrated in almost all the world , and not just in Irish communities . The celebrations are centered on anything that has to do with Ireland and the green . For on this day it is customary to eat food of that color and dress of the same shade . In particular can not miss the clover. This practice was widespread already at the beginning of the festivities in honor of the saint , this is because the tradition says that he explained the mystery of the Holy Trinity to the pre - Christian Irish through this plan with three leaves . Each year, the Chicago River waters are also shades of green.