Originating from Catholic Ireland, Saint-Patrick’s Day has become a popular celebration around the World for both Irish and non-Irish folks alike.
Vancouver is no exception with its annual Celtic Festival, an extensive week celebration of the Celtic culture preceding the ever popular St Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 16th 2014.
But beyond the leprechauns, shamrocks and green beer, how did Saint Patrick Day came to be?
It is said that Saint Patrick was born in Roman Britain around the 4th century and helped to spread the Christian faith throughout Ireland in over 30 years of evangelism. He would use shamrocks to explain the Holy Trinity to Irish pagans. The church started commemorating Saint Patrick as early as the 9th century, and was later imported into the Americas with the arrival of Irish settlers. We can trace back its celebration in Canada to 1759 by Irish Soldiers fighting the French army in Montreal. Although still strong in traditions and good Irish humour, Saint-Patrick’s has become more and more secular over the decades with little left today of its Christian roots.
This year, Vancouver is celebrating its 10th annual Celtic Festival and the BEST WESTERN PLUS Chateau Granville Hotel & Suites & Conference Centre is in the middle of the action. Many events and themed activities from the Celtic Village & Street Market to the Whiskey Kiss Stotch tasting will be taking place mainly in the city downtown core. An Anniversary Gala will be celebrated at the Vogue Theatre with performances from the Once, Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project, Hermitage Green and The Paperboys. For the schedule or more details on the Vancouver Celtic Festival, click here.
Don’t forget to drop by our restaurant, The Edge Social Grille & Lounge where we will serve traditional Irish dishes such as Steak, Guinness and Mushroom Pot pie with Belfast Potchos, and themed drink specials at only $5.
There are only two kinds of people in the world, The Irish and those who wish they were. -Irish saying
A Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to all!