Saint Patrick Day: The Official Christian Feast Day
Saint Patrick Day celebrated on the 17th March every year, commemorates the death of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. It is an official Christian feast day, observed mainly by the orthodox Christian churches, as well as the Lutheran church and Eastern Orthodox Christian church. While this began as a feast day, today it is celebrated as the International festival that celebrates the Irish culture with pomp.
How it’s celebrated?
This feast is celebrated with great pomp and joy across Irish culture. You will see the celebrations contain Irish themes. Many people are seen sporting green, and there are parades and drinking marking the celebrations for the feast. The orthodox churches revel in the religious services. Some of the schools and colleges remain closed through the feast day.
The places where the Irish communities reside are seen celebrating the feast of Saint Patrick. Traditional Irish food is served in order to celebrate the day. Most of the food served on the platter includes corned beef, corned cabbage, coffee, soda bread, potatoes and shepherd’s pie. Some celebrations will include sausage for breakfast with black and white pudding, fried eggs and fried tomatoes.
Some Common Traditions
You will find people observing some common traditions as part of the celebrations for the international feast
You will find cities like Boston, New York, Philadelphia etc. where the American Irish communities are present to host parades, which mark one of the most common traditions of this feast.
You will see that one of the most celebrated days for drinking is the Saint Patrick Day. People drink on this day; however some people refrain from this act as they continue with the Lent fasting.
The parade routes are painted green in Seattle. Some other green traditions are also incorporated for this feast.