How is Saint Patrick's Day celebrated

St. Patrick’s Day: When is St. Patrick’s Day 2022? What are we celebrating?

St. Patrick’s Day (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig) is the memorial day of Irish Bishop Patrick, who probably lived in the 5th century and is considered the first Christian missionary in Ireland. We inform you here about the holiday in his honor. What date is the festival celebrated? Which customs are associated with it? And what do we know about St. Patrick?

Date: When is St. Patrick’s Day 2022?

As every year, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17th. In 2022 the day of the week is Thursday. This day is a public holiday in Ireland - not in Germany.

Customs: Why do you wear green on St. Patrick’s Day?

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated worldwide by Irish people, Irish emigrants and, increasingly, by non-Irish people. In the capital Dublin and most other Irish cities, large parades and various other activities make St. Patrick’s Day a colorful festival. In addition to Dublin, the largest marches take place in Munich, New York, Boston, New Orleans, Chicago, Manchester and Savannah. The UK's capital, London, also has a parade and festival every year.

On March 17th, green is the predominant color of partying Irish around the world; In some cities, the rivers are even colored green on St. Patrick’s Day - for example in Chicago. Uranine was used for this until 2003. This is a dye that is normally used for leak detection and flow path detection. Vegetable dyes are used today because of the possible damage caused by this fluorescent chemical. Even beer (though Not the Irish sanctuary Guinness) is sometimes colored green on this day.

In Germany, too, there is a big parade in Munich every year, which is always held on a Sunday close to the holiday.

Significance of St. Patrick’s Day: Who was actually St. Patrick?

Saint Patrick is believed to have brought Christianity to Ireland in the fifth century. However, there are hardly any reliable facts about the patron saint of the Irish. Historians believe that the venerated saint never existed as an individual and that instead the stories of at least two people were mixed up.

The historical figure could have been Patricius, who grew up as the son of a Roman officer in Great Britain during the Roman period and was brought up there in the Catholic faith. At the same time, the work of the missionary bishop Palladius could have influenced the creation of the legend about St. Patrick.

According to tradition, Patricius and Palladius have one thing in common: As bishops and missionaries, they are said to have ensured that the Christian faith spread in Ireland.

In the church year 2008, the liturgical day of remembrance was brought forward by the Roman Catholic Church to March 15, as otherwise it would have fallen into Holy Week, during which no festival or other commemoration may be celebrated. (AZ)

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