For the third year, Nicosia’s town will be lit up green on Tuesday evening as part of the global celebrations to mark St Patrick’s Day, Ireland’s national day on March 17.
The event is part of a growing trend for global monuments to be ‘greened up’ for the annual celebrations including the Eiffel Tower to the Colosseum, the Pyramids to The Great Wall of China, the Empire State Building in New York and the Sydney Opera House.
Nicosia’s lighting ceremony at 6pm Tuesday will be attended by Irish Ambassador Nicholas Twist and Nicosia Deputy Mayor Eleni Loucaidou.
March 17 is celebrated in honour of St Patrick, who led the conversion of the Irish to Christianity in the 5th Century. The son of a Roman administrator in Britain, Patrick was captured by Irish raiders and spent many years as a slave minding sheep in Ireland. He managed to escape and later became a priest. The Irish people appeared to him in a dream, asking him to return and save their souls.