Forget the recession! Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day!

March 18th, 2009 - 10:38 pm ICT by GD  

On March 17, Ireland celebrated Saint Patrick’s Day. Despite the recession and the deteriorating economy, Ireland was engrossed in the celebrations. With the entire festive mood the marchers, all dressed in green, were seen having a great time at the Saint Patrick’s Day parade. Probably with the hope that this holy day will bring in new lights of hope into their troubled lives.

Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated to honor Saint Patrick, one of the patron saints of Ireland. It is also celebrated as a mark or respect to all the missionaries worldwide for their contribution to the world. This day is an annual feast day and is a national holiday in Ireland. It is celebrated as a holy day for all the Roman Catholics in Ireland.

All celebrations are based on the Irish theme and are generally in green. The “wearing of green” is seen as a symbol of loyalty towards the Roman Catholic faith and also the Irish nationality. All celebrate this day, whether Christians or non-Christians, with great enthusiasm. People are dressed in green; they eat Irish food or green food, indulge in Irish drinks and most importantly, attend the parade. The parade draws thousands of marchers and millions of spectators. They march their way through the city with their music. There are a lot of activities arranged for the children, including some games, painting, dancing etc.

However, Ireland today prays that this year’s Saint Patrick’s Day brings for them peace and harmony, and some hope of recovering from the taint of recession and violence. Ireland is facing difficult times and this celebration comes as a sort of relief to them.

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