St.Patrick Day is observed on the 17th of March every year & is a religious day for the Christians all over the world. It is a celebration in Canada in 12 Provinces & territories of Canada. However, while in Newfoundland & Labrador it is a public holiday. Precisely, in the memory of Patron Saint of Ireland. Yes, St.Patrick was the patron St. of Ireland, and Ireland is now an independent country. Hence, while Northern Ireland is still part of the United Kingdom. The gorgeous country with the capital city Dublin was the home of the religious Saint. A saint who obviously has a history dedicated just for him.
ST. PATRICK- ‘The Patron Saint of Ireland’:
St.Patrick was the son of a minor local official in Roman Britain. When he was a child he was a moderate follower. Also, a worshipper of the religion. However, it was later in the history books when he got captured by the Irish & later escaped from their custody. It was than when he started to take religion, most vitally as a serious affair. Further, devoted himself to Christianity. His devotion to Christianity was way beyond many of his era & something that made him a preacher of the beautiful religion. St. Patrick was commanded to return to Ireland. Thus, according to a dream that he saw. Especially, for the sake of helping the Irish people preach Christianity.
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The impact of his preaching was a bit slow. But, slowly & gradually it was much evident on the Irish people. He gained followers and openly started his preaching to the Irish public. It was because of his efforts for the people. Also, for the religion Christianity that the Irish started accepting Christianity. Finally, it soon became the dominant religion in Ireland. A country which is now the Republic of Ireland.
WHY ST. PATRICK’S DAY IS A CELEBRATION:
The celebrations of the day originated from Ireland. Obviously, a gorgeous country in the continent Europe. These celebrations on most occasions were religious celebrations. However, it’s a bank holiday & a public holiday only in Newfoundland & Labrador province. The rest of the provinces & territories just follow the day. Thus, as an observation in memory of the great Christian Saint.
As the Irish immigrants started to arrive in Canada. They obviously brought their culture & traditions with them. Obviously, as part of these customs, culture & traditions is the feast of the Patron Saint of Ireland. Ironically, which these Irish immigrants just injected in the Canadian norms & cultural practices. These norms & practices are still evident & are now a part of the Canadian’s cultural practices. Therefore, the St.Patrick Day feast on the 17th of March every year is a key part of the culture & practices. These are the practices introduced by the Irish people in Canada.
People just love it, not only as part of the feast. Also, a celebration & a get-to-gather, but also as a key part of their religious authority & supremacy. Obviously, as well all know Canada is a multicultural country. Worshipped simultaneously are many different religions in Canada, a diverse nation. It soon in Canada became a symbol of an Irish identity rather than more of a religious festival. Just like Christmas also known as Xmas & Eid for Muslims. Finally, its Diwali for the Hindus. Today people from different religions & backgrounds in Canada celebrate the day as part of the religious traditions.
PATRICK’S DAY- ‘SOME COMMON SYMBOLS ASSOCIATED’:
Associated with St. Patrick’s day are some common symbols. Importantly, as the day brings with it joys to be together. Hence, apart from just religious symbolisation & motivations. The colour green is a very common symbol that is being celebrated on the day. Furthermore, makes everything go green. It’s not about the environmental friendliness, & ‘Going Green’ ideology. However, it’s the significance of the colour with St. Patrick’s Day. Greenery everywhere also is heavenly or related to heaven & this is why it is associated with St. Patrick’s Day. For obvious reasons which makes you closer to religion. In addition to this, being closer to heaven. The other few symbols also includes the Shamrock & Leprechauns.
Shamrock is one of the most common symbols. A symbol you will see during the Saint Patrick’s Day. It’s a three-leaf clover that is a symbol of both St. Patrick’s Day & Ireland as a whole. According to the traditions that are mainly Irish. Used by St. Patrick, obviously was the Shamrock. Thus, to explain the concept behind the Trinity. A key concept which is indeed a fundamental Christian concept.
The colour green is a symbol that also symbolizes Irish nationalism. Thus, as according to a poet who was very patriotic. ‘The whole world is Irish on the 17th of March’ as the poet says.
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HOW THE DAY IS A CELEBRATION IN CANADA:
On the St. Patrick’s Day there are parades that takes place in Montreal. These are the annual parades that takes place in Montreal, Quebec. It’s an almost three to four hour parade on the streets of Montreal. Furthermore, makes huge crowds gather on the streets. The happenings of the day events cover live performers & marching bands. Apart from this, many people dressed up in costumes to join the parade.
Every Saint Day is important in terms of the religious following of the day. Also, the contributions of the Saint to Christianity. However, it’s the St. Patrick’s Day that is not only religiously related to Ireland. However, has got values of patriotism for the great nation Ireland. The feast of the day on 17th of March is indeed a massive celebration for the people of Ireland. On top of this, so it is for the many Canadians. These are people who celebrate the day with equal passion.