Nicole England and Andrea Timón (English Culture students 3.º ESO D)
Saint Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious celebration occurring annually on the 17 th March, the date of the death of the most commonly-recognised saint of Ireland called Saint Patrick.
Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early seventeenth century and it is observed by the Catholic Church. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity to Ireland. Celebrations are held all over the country and generally involve public parades and festivals where people wear green clothes or shamrocks.
St Patrick is said to have used this three-leaved plant to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish. The colour green has been associated with Ireland at least since 1640s.
But this day is not only celebrated in the Republic of Ireland but also in Northern Ireland.
Outside this island it is enthusiastically and widely celebrated by the Irish emigrants around the world; especially in Great Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand.
The main target of St. Patrick’s Festival is to develop a festival around the national holiday over which the ‘owners’ of the festival, the Irish people, would stand proud.
In the mid-90´s the government of the Republic of Ireland began a strong campaign to use Saint Patrick’s Day to showcase Ireland and its culture.