Have you listened about St. Patrick´s day but you don´t know what it is exactly about? Let´s us show you some traditions that they do in Dublin.
Firstly of all, why do they celebrate St. Patrick´s on the 17th of March? Because St. Patrick died on that day in 461AD. There have been many traditions along the centuries to celebrate it, but, nowadays it is the biggest celebration they have. It is not just one day. The party begins the previous week: flags flutter around the city, many iconic buildings around the city are dressed up in green lights each night , the shop sell many green clothes and accessories, there are many cultural expositions and events… so you can see a green and peaceful festivity atmosphere since the beginning of March.
But, what happens at the great day? Everybody goes out dressed in green, with shamrocks and the Irish flag painted on their faces, they wear leprechauns´ hats and many other funny accessories. The most important event on the 17th of March is the incredible parade that drives along the city. It is amazing how people feel proud of being Irish and how they show it with quite detail decorated carriages, groups of dancers, statues, and even, the President of the Republic is in a carriage waving at everyone. When the parade is finished people stay outside drinking the typical pints of Guinness and cider. They dance live music that it is played in the pubs or streets.
If you don´t like beer, cider or live music, you have many other alternatives to spend such a wonderful day. There is a big funfair with many attractions and food markets. Moreover, you can enjoy a rowing race through the Liffey River, which is also in green, between Trinity College and UCD.
The most important things on those days are to catch a leprechaun, or, at least, try it; and of course, ENJOY IRISH CULTURE!