St Patrick’s Day in Luxembourg 2017

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Being abroad doesn’t mean having to turn a blind eye to your celtic roots or shy away from a good old folk dance.  When it comes to their national day, the Irish know how to fly the flag in style, including in Luxembourg!

For Irish resources, please check out our Ireland in the City artlcle here and our top 5 Irish pubs here!

 

What is St Patrick’s Day?

Saint Patrick’s Day or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Lá Fhéile Pádraig, “the Day of the Festival of Patrick”) is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on 17th March. It is named after Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the most commonly recognised of the patron saints of Ireland.

Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early seventeenth century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church and Lutheran Church. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, céilithe, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks. Christians also attend church services, and the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day, which has encouraged the holiday’s tradition of alcohol consumption

What’s with the shamrock?

Originally, the colour associated with Saint Patrick was blue. Over the years the colour 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. Saint Patrick is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish, and the ubiquitous wearing and display of shamrocks and shamrock-inspired designs has become a feature of the day.

Sounds great – where can I celebrate?

Friday 10th March

  • Spring Concert: Part of Zeltic Dudelange (20:00) – organ music at Eglise Saint Martin

Saturday 11th March             

  • Celtic Festival: Zeltic Dudelange (from 18:45 – 02:00), Hall sportif, LNBD annexe Alliance.

Wednesday 15th March

Thursday 16 March

Friday 17th March

Saturday 18th March

  • Children’s Party: Mini Céilí in Beggen from 14:30 to 16:30 – 5 Euros (or free for Comhaltas members).
  • Party: Céilí at 20:00 by Comhaltas in Beggen. 10 Euros (or free for Comhaltas members).
  • Bar: The Irish Pub in Howald is hosting a weekend of celebrations and you can even shop at EireLux shop afterwards! Four Leaves Trad band from 20:00 onwards. 5 Euros entry.
  • CdJ Réiden presents its traditional St. Patrick’s Party at 20:00: 7 Euros or 5 with a flyer. Guinness on tap, cider from Luxembourg, an Irish whisky bar and Irish stew make you feel Irish.

Sunday 19th March

 

If you would prefer to mingle with friends over a pint of Guiness or a tipple of irish whisky, why not head down to one of Luxembourg’s Irish pubs.

Hosting your own St Patrick’s Day Party

If you would like to bring a bit of Éire into your own home, you can find all the decorations you need at The ÉireLux Shop which sells all things Irish; from produce to Irish dancing shoes. Check out their facebook page too.

Don’t miss out on this year’s celebrations!  Have a very merry St Paddy’s Day and “sláinte” to ye all!

 

Feature photo: Irene Dávila/Unsplash

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