Lá Fhéile Pádraig! If you speak Gaelic, you might know this means ‘the Day of the Festival of Patrick’. Approaching the end of March, we welcome Spring time with open arms. But not before we celebrate Ireland’s patron Saint.
On 17 March every year, Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated by thousands of people across the globe.
In true Irish style, the festivity is not confined to only one day. The whole weekend is a flurry-filled multitude of Irish music, dance, street theatre, food and a parade. You can expect the traditional shamrock featured in every pub as far as the eye can see and a plethora of folks dressed green outfits, ready to celebrate like no-one else can.
Look out for landmarks illuminated in brilliant emerald light. There are around 180 international sites that will be bathed in green. This is to remind us that we are all welcome to take part in the celebrations in true Irish fashion.
In London, the three-day celebration officially starts on Friday 17 March 2017. The festivities will continue throughout the weekend, ending with the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Central London and Trafalgar Square Festival on Sunday 19 March 2017.
How St Patrick’s day came to be
The Feast of Saint Patrick, otherwise known as St Patricks day, commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. 17 March is in fact the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461).
A shamrock is a young sprig of clover and, according to legend, is the well-known symbol that Saint Patrick used as a metaphor to explain the Holy Trinity to Irish pagans. The three leaves of the small plant were used to represent The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit.
As you can probably guess, the festival promises to be very popular and accommodation should be planned well in advance. B+B Belgravia is located in the heart of London with quick travel access to all the Saint Patrick’s Day events. To make a booking, please call +44 (0) 20 7259 8570 or visit our website: http://www.bb-belgravia.com