Festivals in the Republic of Ireland

Saint Paddy’s Day

Saint Patrick’s Day or the Feast of Saint Patrick is a cultural and religious festival that celebrates the traditional death date of their patron saint.  The day is celebrated by a huge parade, with Irish music and dancing and the ‘wearing of the green.’ The green symbolizes shamrocks as Saint Patrick is said to have used a shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to the Pagan Irish. Saint Paddy’s Day has become a global festival celebrated in more countries than any other national festival, so if you want to celebrate a lot of history and culture, oh and drink loads, be sure to travel to Ireland on these dates!

When: March 17

Other festivals to look out for in the Republic of Ireland:

  • Fleadh Cheoil na heireann – The Irish way of saying the ‘Festival of music in Ireland,’ where musicians from Ireland, Britain, and North America compete in concerts, pageants, and exhibitions to celebrate Irish culture. (When: Mid-Aug.)
  • Rose of Tralee – A global Irish beauty pageant involving concerts, carnivals, a circus, funfair and markets surrounding the selection of the ‘”Rose of Tralee.” Any young woman of Irish decent can be chosen. (When: Mid August- End of August)

So there we have it! This was just a taster of the festivals to be had in Europe but there are plenty more I can assure you! With loads of Countries in Europe comes, even more, festivities, you just have to find the ones you really want to go to and plan your travels around them. Good luck and enjoy!