Cyprus Mail

Nicosia to join ‘global greening’ for St Patrick’s Day

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For the first time ever Nicosia will officially take part in global celebrations to mark St Patrick’s Day, Ireland’s national day on March 17, by lighting up the capital’s town hall green on the eve of the holiday.

The lighting up ceremony will take place on Monday evening at 6.30pm and will be jointly held by Irish ambassador Nicholas Twist and Nicosia Mayor Constantinos Yiorkadjis.

The event is open to the public.

In recent years buildings and monuments all around the globe have been floodlit in green to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. The event is referred to as the ‘global greening, as Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle.

St Patrick is believed to have brought Christianity to Ireland in the 5th century. He was originally from Britain from where he was kidnapped by a raiding party and taken to Ireland and used as a slave herding sheep  until he escaped six years later.

On returning to Britain, he became a priest  but, according to legend, kept hearing the voice of the Irish people in his dreams calling on him to return and save them.

He used to shamrock to teach them the Christian notion of three persons in one God.  St Patrick is also credited with driving all of the snakes out of Ireland using his staff.!/Our-Marketing-Overseas/The-Global-Greening-2014.aspx


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