St. Patrick's Day 2013 in Italy: the Ireland's celebration from Milan to Urbino

February 22, 2013

St. Patrick's Day (March 17) is a national holiday in Ireland, a country where it's celebrated with songs, masks, parades and processions. But it's a big holiday in many other countries, where Irish communities are most deeply rooted, but always remained very attached to the cultural and religious traditions of their homeland.

During St. Patrick's Day, even those who have no Irish ancestors becomes "Irish for a day" to celebrate in the traditional manner: Irish food you eat and drink is colored green, and there will be plenty of the typical Irish stouts.

St. Patrick's Day is now celebrated almost all over the world and not only by those who have Irish ancestry. The celebrations generally focus on everything that has to do with Ireland and the green (symbol of the island). On this day it's customary to dress in that color and peolple's outfits can't be without the ubiquitous clover.

Even in Italy is now customary to celebrate the day of Saint Patrick with a number of initiatives and events around the country. Among the most famous celebrations there is Irlanda in festa in Bologna, which this year will double with an event at the same time in Urbino. But also Treviso, Verona and Florence offer some days of celebration for the patron saint of Ireland.

From March 15 to 17, even Milan is tinged with bright green, with a new event dedicated to the immense world of Celtic Ireland, St. Patrick's Festival 2013, which will be held in Pavilion 2 of Fiera Milano in Rho. It's a unique opportunity that offers so many attractions in pure Irish style to all lovers of music, dance and Celtic traditions.

For the full program of St. Patrick's Milano Festival 2013:

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