When you see green buildings, green hats, green bands, green hoodies, green scarfs, green hair accessories – basically everything green – all around, you can safely assume that it’s time for St. Patrick’s Day.
I was not interested in wiki kind of history of why this day is celebrated, so I asked a few of our Irish friends. Below is what I got to know and will probably remember for a long time.
St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in the honor of St. Patrick, who apparently seems to be more of a hypothetical character. Nobody knows if he existed but the story goes somewhat like this – he was born in Wales, kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave, he spent a couple of years as a slave before he managed to escape and get back to wales, got an insight that he should bring Christianity to Ireland and came back to the country spread the religion and convert people into Christianity. He is known to have brought and saved Christianity in Ireland. He also made Shamrock famous (which is now the national symbol of Ireland) which essentially means God is present in three forms (coinciding with three leaves of a shamrock) which are all one i.e. God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit of God. He is also responsible for making snakes disappear from the country. Now Ireland doesn’t even have any archaeological evidence of snake. Another fun fact is that this festival was not famous in Ireland a few years back. It all started with UK and parts of US, where Irish people who had migrated from the country started celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, and it picked up here consequently. For natives, St. Patrick’s Day is more about drinking (as Irish people love their beer) and the parade which is mainly for kids and tourists.
With that said, we enjoyed the parade last year and this year was no less fun. The parade was very colorful and a huge opportunity for photography enthusiast like us. Below are some of our favorites from the event, if you would like to see.