2010年 3月 17日, 星期三 - 格林尼治标准时间10:25

Emmet's Student Diary 伦敦学生博客第23周

Emmet Conlon O'Reilly

Wednesday 17th March 2010 – St Patrick's Day

Happy St Patrick's Day!

Today is Ireland's national day of celebration. St Patrick's Day is a national holiday back home but the festival is celebrated enthusiastically in almost every big city of the world. I've heard it said that one third of Americans have Irish heritage so it's no wonder thousands of people flock to the streets of Chicago and New York for parades and live music. London too, as I found out on Sunday, can really get into the spirit of things.

Emmet with some other people dressed in green in Trafalgar Square

Emmet with some other people who are really getting into the spirit of St Patrick's Day

A man wearing a shamrock hat

This man wore a shamrock hat

St Patrick is Ireland's best-known patron saint and interestingly is credited with driving the snakes out of Ireland. Traditionally on this day fresh shamrocks are worn in the front pocket of a suit. Many people though decide to go all out and dress head to toe in green.

In London, the party starts the Sunday before the festival itself so Trafalgar Square was a sea of green on 14 March.

Emmet and his friend Shane

Emmet and his friend Shane

My friend Shane and his band have just moved over to London to seek fame and fortune. Bipolar Empire,as they are called,were the first band on stage on Sunday. A great crowd had gathered around and the guys were excellent. Shane's voice is unbelievable and it was great to hear them perform again. I think they set the atmosphere for the thousands of people listening.

Shane with his band Bipolar Empire

Shane performing with his band Bipolar Empire at Trafalgar Square

The parade then started at about midday. It's enjoyed hugely by kids in particular and is always good fun. Traditional Irish dancers, musicians and people dressed up as Saint Patrick marched their way through the city centre. It was interesting to see the Wicklow Association of London go by wielding a big banner. This is my home county in Ireland and it does not have a big population. I didn't even realise such an association existed.

Emmet with Irish comedian Hector O'Heochagain

Emmet with Irish comedian Hector O'Heochagain

I also got the opportunity to meet an Irish comedian called Hector O'Heochagain. He had me and my friend Mark in stitches laughing. I met a few more relatively famous faces on Monday when a friend invited me to the Irish Embassy for their annual party. It was good to rub shoulders with the politicians and businessmen who had travelled to London for the week.

Tonight I will be cooking in the pub that I work in. I'll be making Coddle which is an Irish pork stew. In fact it is very much a local Dublin dish. It is a family recipe and is really delicious when made properly. At least I hope the customers think so.

I wish you, Beannacht Lá Fhéile Pádraig! (爱尔兰话)

heritage 文化遗产, flock 蜂拥而至, patron saint 守护神, credited 归功于, shamrocks 三叶草, fame and fortune 名利, set the atmosphere 创造气氛, dressed up 装扮成, marched 游行, wielding 双手挥舞, in stitches 忍不住大笑, Irish Embassy 爱尔兰使馆, rub shoulders 和… 有往来,交际, pork stew 炖猪肉煲

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Question of the week

What do you do to celebrate your national festival? Have you ever been somewhere that celebrates St Patrick's day? What did they do to celebrate?

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