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March 6, 2021
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Historical centre goes green on Saint Patrick’s Day

Today, as of 5 pm the Selari-Franceza area in Lipscani will be sounding of Irish music. To celebrate Saint Patrick, organizers have invited famous dancers and musicians to bring joy to everyone who is either Irish or Irish at heart. On the open-air stage in the historical centre will perform the Irish Way dancers and the music group Shannon. Also, the Blackbeers, a group that has performed before in Bucharest will conclude the evening with their Celtic rock performance.


Other events will take place in the area, all of them celebrating the Irish spirit, so passers by will have their photo taken by a leprechaun, or will get a shamrock tattoo. This is a yearly holiday celebrated on 17 March throughout the world, wherever Irish people live. Today, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by people of all backgrounds in the United States, Canada and Australia. Although North America is home to the largest productions, St. Patrick’s Day has been celebrated in other locations far from Ireland, including Japan, Singapore and Russia. In modern-day Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day has traditionally been a religious occasion. In fact, up until the 1970s, Irish laws mandated that pubs be closed on March 17. Beginning in 1995, however, the Irish government began a national campaign to use St. Patrick’s Day as an opportunity to drive tourism and showcase Ireland to the rest of the world. Last year, close to one million people took part in Ireland ‘s St. Patrick’s Festival in Dublin, a multi-day celebration featuring parades, concerts, outdoor theater productions and fireworks shows. Originally the colour associated with Saint Patrick was blue however over the years the green and its association with Saint Patrick’s day grew. Green ribbons and shamrocks were worn in celebration of St Patrick’s Day as early as the 17th century.

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