How to celebrate St. Patrick's Day: history and traditions
One of the most fun and oldest festivals has long been considered St. Patrick's Day. Despite the fact that his homeland is Ireland, today it is celebrated almost everywhere, from Europe and America to the countries of the former Soviet Union. Even if your city is not planned any celebration connected with festivities, it is possible to arrange a thematic party among friends or colleagues that you will remember for a long time. So, we offer you to learn about how to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.
The origin and history of the holiday
St. Patrick's day which annually falls on March 17, more than a thousand years is a religious holiday. With 70 years of XX century it also became a symbol and a celebration of the cultural heritage of Ireland. As for the Patrick, it has long been considered the patron Saint of Ireland, and the story includes the fact that in the fifth century baptized the island's population, which mostly consisted of Gentiles.
The symbol of the holiday
If you ever wondered how to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, you probably know that it is an essential attribute of a Shamrock. According to legend, Patrick used this symbol as a metaphor of the Holy Trinity. In this regard, the congregation began to bring it into service. Today, wearing green on this day to symbolize the Shamrock, spring and Ireland.
How to celebrate St. Patrick's Day: tradition
The main religious tradition in this day is the visit of mount St. Patrick, located in Ireland. According to tradition, here the Saint spent in prayer for 40 days and 40 nights. In order to ascend into the hill, March 17, in Ireland, pilgrims come from all over the world.
It is interesting that this tradition is essentially Christian celebration over time mixed with the pagan. So, part of the attributes used during the ceremonial events is the figure of St. Patrick. Also it is often portrayed as a funny leprechauns – fabulous creatures guarding the gold pot. If you catch a leprechaun, he must reveal the secret and tell about where treasures are hidden. But these beings are very cunning and ingenuity, and therefore easy to fool people.
St. Patrick's day in the UK and other countries is inextricably linked with the green color symbolizing Ireland. So, this color is an essential attribute of the holiday. And all the people dress up in green clothing. In addition, in Ireland it was customary on this day to wear attached to the coat paper or fabric crosses. It is also interesting that, for example, in the us city of Chicago on this day the water in the river is dyed green. In addition, in many countries of the world during this holiday can often be treated and green beer.
How to celebrate St. Patrick's Day drinks
Today, the celebrations on the occasion of this holiday, as a rule, were drinking mostly beer or ale. However, they themselves Irish traditional drink in St. Patrick's Day is considered whiskey. The locals were drinking "the Cup Patrick". At the same time on the bottom of the glass put a leaf of clover, which according to the custom of the Irish worn on the lapel of a coat or hat. Drinking until the end of the contents of the glass, the Shamrock was thrown over the shoulder (only left). This interesting custom is called "drown the Shamrock".
Bearing in mind that this is a religious festival, in 2007, the priests offered to make it exclusively a Church and prohibit the passing on this day, noisy leisure activities, accompanied by copious alcoholic libations and revelry. But because of the solemn event on the occasion of St. Patrick's Day loved the world, the initiative of the clergy in the near future is unlikely to resonate with the masses.