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One year ago I had the chance to visit Northern Ireland for the very first time. My friends and I booked our tickets from Bristol to Belfast for three days, 15-17th of March. I was so excited for this trip for two reasons:
1. Travelling with friends: what’s better than that?
2. I would visit a place i have never visited before so one more country to check off my list.
We thought it would have been a great experience to visit Northern Ireland those days because of the famous Saint Patrick’s day on the 17th of March. But what is actually this special day?
Saint Patrick is the national apostle and the patron saint of Ireland and was the one who brought Christianity to Ireland. Saint Patrick’s Day is a national holiday and it is celebrated every year on the 17th of March, the day that Saint Patrick died, as some theories say. This special day is associated with everything that is green, shamrocks, luck and leprechauns so basically everything Irish.
St Patrick’s Day is a very important day for Ireland and all businesses are closed on March 17th with the exception of course of restaurant and pubs. A lot of cities around the world with a large Irish population celebrate with parades, people are all dressed in green, listening to Irish music and songs, dancing and drinking. The greatest parades though are those in Ireland where you can definitely see and “feel” the irish culture and atmosphere.
What was amazing and worth mentioning was the fact that people actually started celebrating from the 15th and all the pubs were full of people of all ages mostly 18 until 60+ (seriously)! People were dancing in the sounds of folk music (which is the traditional Irish music) and the melodies of a fiddle, a guitar and a flute…
My trip to Belfast was incredible; beautiful moments and memories have been added to my book of life and i am really looking forward to my next visit in the island.
The UoB Linguist Magazine
Guild of Students,
University of Birmingham