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Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Russian

March 15 2007

March 17 the world celebrates St. Patrick's Day - a national Irish holiday. On this day, everyone can feel like a real Irishman, if he wants to.

Supposedly, 17 March 415 AD in Uellse, in the family of Roman citizens was born a boy - Meiuayn Sukkat. At age 16 he was captured by pirates and taken to Ireland, where he was sold into slavery. Here young patritsius (Meiuayn father was from upper class) believed in God.

Six years later, as the legend tells, he heard God's voice: "Soon you'll be back home, your ship is waiting." Patrick jumped into the harbor, where he unsuccessfully begged the sailors to take him on board. Gracious decision was made captain after the regular prayers of Patrick.

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At home, Patrick was determined to devote himself to God. And soon, commissioned by Pope Celestine I, he returned to Ireland, but as a missionary. On the green peninsula Patrick is revered as a saint who brought the descendants of Celtic Christianity.

About Patrick in Ireland, composed many legends. In one of them tells how one blow of his walking stick, he drove all the snakes from the island of personified evil spirits and the Celtic gods (actually in Ireland never had snakes).

Symbol holiday shamrock. Was he brought Patrick to the Irish land or not, history is silent. With clover Patrick explained to people the concept of the Holy Trinity. "Just as the three leaves can grow from one stem, and God can be one in three persons."

Note that there is a perception, though St. Patrick's Day and as such did not exist, but simply a group of three missionaries. While Patritsiusov in Ireland was a great multitude, and they have already injected hundreds of years local people to Christianity.

However, at St. Patrick's Day is and pagan motifs. Indispensable attribute holiday Gnomes - Gnomes fairy shoemakers who possess a hidden pot of gold. According to an old legend, if you can catch a leprechaun, the creature must give the man his treasures. A pot of gold is mentioned in ancient Celtic myths, in Christianity, this artifact before Holy Grail.

Traditionally, St. Patrick's Day around the world are organized parades. He goes out hundreds of people dressed in extravagant costumes, and piper. In Moscow, the first such parade was held in 1992.

Scale of a holiday celebrated in Chicago. In the bars of the American city offers not only the traditional "Guinness", but a special green beer. Shops selling green bagels, and even the water in the river dyed green. In most Irish parade in St. Patrick's Day is held in more than 30 cities, including Cork, Galway, Limerick and, of course, in Dublin.

In Moscow this weekend will be a number of major events on this date. Besides the traditional parade on Novy Arbat, in the evening most of the clubs in the city will hold concert event on St. Patrick's Day.

The club "Sixteen tons" perform Puck & Piper and the band "Tintal", at a club in Brest Jamestown Ferry (Germany), "Hurt Yo` Hurt "(Ukraine) Vladimir Lazerson (bagpipe), Celtic Consort, Clann Lir, Foggy Dew , Racoons, Apple Jack.The "point" there will be a mini-festival, declared: Telenn Gwad, Later, «Voinstvo Sydow", "Tol Miriam", "Sylph", "Belfast", and "Troll oppression spruce. And in Castle-Rock will be the next "Folk Madness" with the participation of Belarusian Osimira, Heritage Vagant, Road Water, Later, and the group Gurzuf.

Alex Vitvitskiy


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