The celebration of St. Patrick’s Day 2020 is carried out on March 17. Also known as the feast of Saint Patrick it celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. Coronavirus pandemic has affected this year’s celebrations in Ireland.
The big parade generally carried out across the country is cancelled amidst the rising cases of COVID-19. Belfast City Council in Northern Ireland has voted to cancel the gathering last week. Little earlier, Taoiseach (Irish PM) Leo Varadkar announces that all parades and festivals in the Republic of Ireland would not go ahead.
Some other parades in Northern Ireland have been scheduled to happen, but they have been kept under review.
St. Patrick’s Day festival in Ireland is celebrated annually from March 13 to 17.
The govt has issued a statement, it said, “Due to large people gathering on the St Patrick’s Day in terms of its festivities, in terms of size, the mass gathering of local and international travellers, and the continued progression of community transmission in some European countries, along with the emergence of a small number of cases of local transmission in Ireland, the Government has decided that St Patrick’s Day parades, including the Dublin parade, stands cancelled.”
PM Leo Varadkar, head of the Irish government, stated that the virus cannot be stopped, but efforts can be made to slow it down.
A big parade in Dublin is set to happen next week. The city has cancelled the celebration because of coronavirus fears.
According to the city’s tourism department, more than 5,00,000 people were expected at the parade resulting in a big blow to the local economy.