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Swap your Green Wig to Green Tie!

Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461) the foremost patron saint of Ireland. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. St. Patrick’s Day became a national holiday and this year will bring together 3,000 artists, musicians, dancers, poets and performers in a stunning programme with over 30 events spanning four days and nights. As every year, the main accent of the festival will be traditional parade and this year’s theme is Ireland You are…

I watched my first St.Patrick’s parade twelve years ago. It was very warm and sunny day and I guess it was the nicest 17th of March since I moved to Dublin. The O’Connell Street was packed and I watched the parade with a corner of my eye. However, I could feel the energy and happiness in the air and that was enough to understand how important this feast is to the Irish nation and everyone who respects and understands the Irish heritage. The other parades I’ve watched were not as pleasant as the first one, because of cold and wet weather. I had to cover my head and that’s how I bought my first green wig. Now I have a collection of green wigs, funny orange and green hats and shamrock headbands and they are all lying in a utility room with other unwanted things. Have you ever thought how many thousands or hundreds of thousands of green wigs and other costume accessories are thrown away after every St. Patrick’s feast? So this year I decided to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style and swap my green wig to green tie.

The material for this post is used from Wikipedia and www.stpatricksfestival.ie