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伦敦10万人共庆圣帕特里克节

2014-03-18    来源:新华网    【      美国外教 在线口语培训

Over 100,000 celebrate Irish St Patrick's Day in London

More than 100,000 Londoners and visitors from home and abroad were attracted to celebrate the annual St Patrick's Day on Sunday in the heart of the city.

Organized by the Mayor of London and supported by many Irish businesses, the event was accessible to all audiences to experience Irish culture from a diversified ways, including the famous Riverdance, Irish music, songs, food and arts.

Irish people in London were seen wearing bright green attire, hats and different kinds of accessories, and some draw green shamrocks on their faces, a lucky symbol for the Irish.

A large-scale parade, which involving around 90 groups and other participants, began in the midday from Piccadilly to Trafalgar Square with a route of 2.4 kilometers. Exciting performance, dances, fantastic floats and spectacular bands won applause and cheering from the audiences standing on the roadside.

"I'm Irish. I came to London with my family on a vacation, and we today celebrate our festival in London. It's great and I'm so excited. The parade is amazing, and people here, not only London people, but friends from other countries also enjoy the day. It's a good opportunity to make more people know the Irish festival," an Irish audience told Xinhua.

"It's so funny that people in the crowds wearing green hat. Although it is very different from our traditional culture, people are so happy here, and their smiles and enthusiasm affected me, and I think I'm very luck to take part in such a great festival in Britain during my one year study," said Liu Xing, a Chinese student in Lodnon.

London has begun to hold annual St Patrick's Day parade since 2002. Other cities across the country, such as Birmingham and Manchester also celebrated this festival on Sunday, the closest weekend to March 17.

St Patrick's Day is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated annually on 17 March, the death date of the most commonly-recognized patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick. It was made an official Christian feast day in the early seventeenth century and is observed by some churches, especially the Church of Ireland.

Today, it is widely celebrated by the Irish diaspora around the world, including Britain, Canada, the United States and New Zealand.

相关新闻:伦敦市中心16日迎来10万市民游客共同庆祝起源于爱尔兰的圣帕特里克节。

每年3月17日是圣帕特里克节。今年由于17日是周一,庆祝活动提前至16日。

当日中午,大型游行队伍从皮卡迪利广场出发前往特拉法加广场,一路欢歌热舞,新奇斗艳的花车也备受欢迎,路边观众阵阵喝彩,欢呼不断。

绿色是爱尔兰的标志,也是这个节日的主色调。人群中,全身亮绿的老人、头戴绿色假发的一家三口……不少人为节日精心打扮。游行沿线街道和特拉法加广场俨然成为绿色的海洋。

除了最抓人眼球的游行,庆祝活动还包括大型文艺演出、电影节、美食品尝、爱尔兰语言交流以及舞蹈体验等。

一位来自爱尔兰的游客说:“我是爱尔兰人,我同家人一起来伦敦度假,能在这里庆祝自己的节日非常有意义。这个游行太棒了!”

“他们的笑容和热情感染了我,我也随着音乐跟大家一起跳舞。非常幸运能有机会在我一年留学生活中参加这么有意思的一个节日,”中国留学生刘兴说。

伯明翰、曼彻斯特等英国城市16日也举行了庆祝活动。

圣帕特里克节是爱尔兰传统的宗教和文化节日。最初是为了纪念传教士圣帕特里克,后来成为爱尔兰国庆日。作为公共节日,如今许多国家都庆祝圣帕特里克节,尤其是在爱尔兰移民较多的加拿大、美国和新西兰。(新华网)



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