As you look ahead to next year’s travel, it’s never too early to start planning a trip for St. Patrick’s Day. Before you go, learn more about the history of the holiday, as it is not just an excuse to go out and party. It’s a holiday with lots of history and learning the history is just as important as celebrating the day. This holiday evolved from being recognized by a small country to finding a home in countries all over the world. When the Irish emigrated to different countries, they brought traditions and holidays with them. St. Patrick’s Day is embraced by those Irish and those not; it’s one of those holidays that brings people together.
St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. He was born in Roman Britain in the fourth century and taken to Ireland as a slave at the age of 16. He escaped to a monastery in France, but then returned to Ireland after converting to Christianity. St. Patrick is most famous for confronting the Druids at Tara and abolishing pagan rites, helping make Christianity more popular. His rose to the status of bishop and then became Ireland’s patron saint after his death. His day became popular after the Irish emigrated to the United States and introduced it. The Irish celebrated it as a way to connect with their roots.
St. Patrick paved the way for Christianity by helping it become more popular and forcing out pagan rituals. The majority of Ireland is Christian, and they have Saint Patrick to thank. His story lives on each year his day is celebrated.
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Barcelona’s insane popularity and large influx of visitors as of late may have some travelers steering away from the Mediterranean coastal city, but just outside the overpopulated center of the city, known as Ciutat Vella, are quieter neighborhoods that offer more of a local feel and don’t come with exorbitant tourist prices. El Poble-Sec is one such area that rests between the towering Montjuic park and the Old Town, making it a nice escape but still close enough to access the sights.
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Some places appear better to visit in the winter. For example, anywhere known for winter sports, such as skiing and snowboarding, will be less visited in the summer because those same people are going to spend their time at the beach or another destination. However, visiting these destinations during the off-seasons can show a side of the city or town that can’t be seen under piles of snow. It’s worth checking out a couple of these favorite winter destinations.