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St. Patrick´s Day Festival in Orihuela Costa

Saint Patrick’s Day is the annual feast day which celebrates St. Patrick, one of the patron saints of Ireland. The feast day is generally celebrated on March 17th. Although the day is a national holiday in Ireland, it is also widely celebrated by parades and parties throughout the world, not just by the Irish but by an increasing number of non-Irish as well. A common slogan for the day is ‘Everyone’s Irish on March 17th’ and everybody loves a party!

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St Patrick´s Day 2009
 
St Patrick´s Day 2009
 
St Patrick´s Day 2009
 
St Patrick´s Day 2009
 

On St Patrick's Day it is customary to wear shamrocks and/or green clothing or accessories (the "wearing of the green"). St Patrick is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish. This story first appears in writing in 1726, though it may be older.

In pagan Ireland, three was a significant number and the Irish had many triple deities, a fact that may have aided St Patrick in his evangelisation efforts. Patricia Monaghan says there is no evidence that the shamrock was sacred to the pagan Irish. However, Jack Santino speculates that it may have represented the regenerative powers of nature, and was recast in a Christian context – icons of St Patrick often depict the saint "with a cross in one hand and a sprig of shamrocks in the other". Roger Homan writes, "We can perhaps see St Patrick drawing upon the visual concept of the triskele when he uses the shamrock to explain the Trinity".

 
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St. Patrick´s Day Festival 2009 in Orihuela Costa

FROM 16TH TO 18TH OF MARCH WE CELEBRATED THE ST. PATRICK´S DAY FESTIVAL

Every year there is a massive parade in New York to celebrate the day. This is usually watched by more than two million spectators and has around 150,000 marchers participating. In Chicago they dye the Chicago River green and in Savannah, Georgia, the fountain waters are dyed green. In many bars in the United States they also serve green beer together with ‘green’ food on the day. Worldwide it is also an excuse to try out Irish beverages such as Guinness, Bailey’s, Magner’s, Irish Whiskey etc. All in all, the day is a celebration party and everybody is invited!

This year the Ayuntamiento in Orihuela is pleased to announce that there was a St Patrick’s Day Festival held on the parking area near the Mercadona at Playa Flamenca from the 16th to the 18th of March. This was a mix of exhibition, market and fiesta! The celebration was organized in conjunction with the town hall of Orihuela and included food, children’s play area, Irish dancing, entertainment, music, market stalls etc. There was something for everyone and hopefully this will become an annual event.

St. Patrick´s Day Festival in Orihuela Costa 2009
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