Nissi Susan John - “Hello, St Patrick's Day!”


Nissi Susan John

I’m an old soul trapped in a new world. Bibliophile. Raging cinemaholic. Love travelling. Always into new experiences. Currently pursuing Masters in Data Science and Analytics at Maynooth University.

Even before coming to Ireland, I had heard about the rich culture and tradition of this nation. With this culture is entwined the very famous festival St Patrick’s Day, which is a cultural and religious celebration held on March 17, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland.

According to the history, Saint Patrick was born in England, and was kidnapped by Irish raiders and lived in captivity for 6 years. Later, he travelled to Ireland and preached Christianity all over Ireland. There are so many myths and legends surrounding him. My favorite one is that he drove all snakes from Ireland! Keeping the humor aside, it metaphorically represents the fact that Saint Patrick had broken a lot of sweat in alleviating paganism from Ireland.

Back in the present day, Ireland was finally getting back to normal life after the havoc caused by the notorious ‘Beast from the East’ storm and storm Emma. Maynooth had become a winter wonderland during the storm; most of us Indian students were experiencing snow for the first time, so we had the best time enjoying the snow. Our campus looked like Hogwarts castle in snow, breathtaking!           

We all were looking forward to St Patrick’s Day on March 17 2018 as that would be our first Paddy’s Day celebration in Ireland. But, as a shadow on our spirits, it was forecasted that, it would be snowing heavily on Paddy’s Day. After the ‘Beast’ storm, now ‘Son of the Beast’ is visiting Ireland bringing snow and hail. But, it couldn’t kill our spirits and we planned to go to Dublin to witness the Paddy’s Day parade anyway.

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On Maynooth main street, we could see that the local people had decorated themselves with green scarfs, flags, wigs etc. We boarded the bus from Maynooth to Dublin and reached Dublin in one hour. When we got out of the bus we walked into a green wave. The city was more crowded than usual. Many vendors were selling souvenirs, hats, scarfs, flags etc. Most of the people were attired in green, many of them were wearing green suits!