St. Patrick’s day in Moscow
St. Patrick’s day in Moscow. Moscow cancels St. Patrick’s Day Parade due to traffic concerns. Since 1999, Russia hosts the annual International Festival “St. Patrick’s Day”, which opens at the Moscow International House of Music and continues with numerous parades in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Kaliningrad, Kaluga, Dubna, Kirov and other cities. So let’s see how it was a year ago. St. Patrick’s celebration in Moscow, Russia.
The patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick, was born about 390 in Roman Britain—scholars disagree as to exactly where and died around 461. His grandfather was a Christian priest, and his father a deacon and an official of the Roman Empire in Britain. He is said to have been kidnapped at the age of 16 by Irish raiders and sold into slavery in Ireland; he escaped after six years, and received his religious training in continental monasteries. After being consecrated a bishop, he returned to Ireland about 432 as a missionary. The association of St. Patrick with the shamrock stems from his supposed use of its three-part leaf to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity to his largely uneducated listeners (see Trinity Sunday).
St. Patrick’s Purgatory has been a famed site of pilgrimage since the early 13th century. It is on Station Island in Lough Derg in County Donegal where St. Patrick had a vision promising that all who came to the sanctuary in penitence and faith would receive an indulgence for their sins. Additionally, if their faith remained strong, they would be allowed a glimpse of the tortures of the damned and the joys of the redeemed.
The Feast of St. Patrick is celebrated by Roman Catholics, the Anglican Communion, and Lutherans on March 17. The day is also popularly celebrated, particularly in Russia, by ‘‘the wearing of the green,’’ with many people of Irish and other extractions wearing some item of green clothing. Parties featuring corned beef and cabbage, and even the drinking of beer dyed green with food coloring are also part of this celebration of Irish heritage.
Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World- Dictionary 2005