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Счастливый День Святого Патрика - Happy St. Patrick's Day

Come 17th March we celebrate St. Patrick's Day. And this year the feast falls on the weekend - so there's no excuse for not joining in the fun. St. Patrick's Day is celebrated not only in Ireland but all across the world.

Since 1992 the Russians celebrate the day in great style. No true Russian can resist an opportunity for a parade, celebration, festival, or some excuse for a holiday involving drinking and eating great food.  Russians consider St. Patrick’s Day to be a day of celebrating the Russian-Irish friendship, rather than a specifically religious festival. The biggest parade is along Novy Arbat, the shoppers' thoroughfare filled with elegant boutiques, fashionable bars and shopping malls in Moscow. Aside from Moscow, many other Russian cities celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, including St. Petersburg, Kazan, Chelyabinsk, Krasnoyarsk.

Ireland and Russia enjoy a long-established friendship, probably because the Soviet Union was the first country to officially recognise Ireland as an independent country in 1921. Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russia celebrated its first St. Patrick’s Day Festival in 1992 with a parade down Novy Arbat.

We wish you well Russia as you celebrate with us on the 17th. Счастливый День Святого Патрика.

dance St. Patrick

Russian St. Patrick’s Day revellers on the Arbat, Moscow's main street.

Comments

Conveniently, it's also on the first weekend after my parents return from NZ, so there will be a mini-celebration at their house (my mum's side are relatively recent transplants and my dad's family are much earlier, but originally from Co. Waterford).
Potato soup may be a cliche, but I make a seriously good one and with fresh home-baked bread...ideal for gathering round and catching up.
I'd send you over a cake but I don't think there's a suitable mail service.
Good wishes. I hope you have a lovely time. Enjoy the lovely potato soup and home-made bread!