After a three-year break, the celebration of Saint Patrick's Day returns to Vilnius. This holiday was loved and celebrated by the people of Vilnius, but in 2020 and 2021 it was canceled due to the pandemic, and in 2022 due to the start of the war in Ukraine.

So after three years, the people of Vilnius were impatiently waiting for the moment when the Vilnelė river would turn green again. March 18 to commemorate this solemn occasion In Užupi is invited by the Ambassador of the Republic of Ireland to Lithuania Séadhna MacHugh. 

On Saturday, live Irish music and dancing will play in Užupis, unique Irish hats and orange headbands will lift the mood, there will be plenty of Lithuanian and Irish flags and many other mood-raising entertainment. This year, the green Vilnius is a parade of kayaks with the flags of Ireland, Lithuania and Ukraine.

St. Patrick's Day Traditions

Patron Saint of Ireland Patrick's Day was first celebrated in 1737. in the city of Boston JAV March 17 It is believed that it was on that day in 461 that St. Patrick. Since then, the celebration, which features participants wearing green clothes and adorning themselves with the symbol of a three-leaf clover, has spread around the world and is creatively celebrated in many cities around the world.

The tradition of dyeing rivers green was accidentally started by Chicago plumbers, looking for holes in pipes and using a special dye for this. The painting of the Chicago River has been funded by the plumbers union ever since. The dyes used to paint the river are completely harmless, biodegradable. They are also used by Lithuanian heating and energy companies in order to detect leaks in routes or test their internal systems. The organizers have submitted the paint safety data to the State Environmental Protection Inspectorate.

St. patrick's day events

14.00 - everyone's meeting at the bridge of the Republic of Užupis: Irish welcome by DJ Leprechaun;

14:30-15.30:XNUMX live performance of the group "The Islandes" specially for St. Patrick's Day;

15:00 Address by Ms. Séadhna MacHugh, Ambassador of the Republic of Ireland;

15.10-15:40 Vilnele river turns green;

15:40-16.00 closing of Saint Patrick's Day 2023 in Užupis. Further extension is planned at Piano Man bar, Gringo pub and Užupis cafe, where Irish music will be played, live DJ performances, Irish stew and Guinness cakes will be available even at night.

"St. St. Patrick's Day events are free, but if this event brings a smile to your face, please collect 1482 (€5) and donate to Ukraine. On behalf of the Irish community and their friends, the organizers have raised €1000, which will be transferred to the accounts of the Blue-Yellow and 1K organizers. Glory Ukraine! And we'll see you on March 18, Saturday!", the organizers write in the invitation.

Saint Patrick's Day (Irish: Lá 'le Pádraig or Lá Fhéile Pádraig) is an annual Irish holiday dedicated to the patron saint of Ireland, St. to Patrick. The holiday is held every year on March 17. In Ireland, this day is declared a national holiday.

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