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Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day in Barcelona

Written by Daniella

Saint Patrick’s Day is one of the most important Irish festivities. Saint Patrick is the patron of Ireland, together with Saint Brigid and Saint Columba. The three-leaf clover plays an important role, which refers to the Holy Trinity; the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated every March 17, and it is one of the signs of Catholic roots in Irish culture, with the three-leaf clover being the emblem of the Irish Catholic Church. Thanks to the large number of expats from Ireland who live in Barcelona, Saint Patrick’s Day – or San Patricio – is one of the most celebrated events. ShBarcelona will share some interesting information with you in this article about San Patricio.

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Discover Saint Patrick’s Day in Barcelona

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Saint Patrick is one of the most famous festivals in the world, starting with Ireland itself, but also in all the countries in which there are descendants of Irish people or expats from Ireland. This is the case, for example, in the United States, one of the countries with the most Irish descendants in the world. According to the legend, it all started with the explanation given by Saint Patrick, about what the Holy Trinity was. In order for the whole world to understand it in a simple and didactic way, the saint used a shamrock with three leaves, indicating that each of the leaves symbolized the three entities of the Most Holy Trinity; the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. St. Patrick further explained to devotees that, although it is a single clover, there are three entities in it. In Spain San Patricio is patron of the city of Murcia and the town of Albuñol in Granada. In addition to this, in Barcelona ​​Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated in many of the Irish pubs and bars in the Catalan capital.

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Among some of the places that celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day, is the famous Irish Pub Dunne’s Irish Bar & Restaurant, located on Vía Laietana, 19. In this Irish pub, you can eat typical Irish dishes, besides being able to have a great variety of imported beers, and, of course, enjoy the biggest Irish party on the calendar, Saint Patrick’s Day. Music, beer and fun will be the three essentials of the party. There’s also the George Payne pub, which is located in another very central area of ​​the Ciudad Condal, in Plaza Urquinaona, 5. It celebrates San Patricio in style, with the best music, the best beers and the most festive atmosphere. Last but not least, there’s another emblematic pub in Barcelona, called ​​Michael Collins, and it is located next to the Sagrada Familia. Many concerts and special activities are being organized in order to have a good time during the festivities of Saint Patrick’s Day in the Catalan capital.

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Have you celebrated Saint Patrick’s Day in one of these pubs in Barcelona?

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Daniella enjoys everything the city of Barcelona has to offer. She writes, translates and loves discovering Catalonia and its beautiful nature.

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