March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day, the Irish national day. St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated all over the world, including in Brussels where the Grand-Place will be lit by green under “Global Greening”, an initiative of Tourism Ireland.
The beginning of this “greening” in Brussels is scheduled for on Sunday March the 16th in the presence of the Irish Minister of State for European Affairs, Paschal Donohoe, and Irish Ambassador H.E Mr Eamonn MacAodha.
Accompanied by the Irish fansin Brussels, Manneken Pis will try its traditional Irish outfit around 17:30, to 7:20 p.m. all buildings at the Grand Place in Brussels will be illuminated in green. The next day, St. Patrick’s Day, Manneken Pis is going to wear the Irish costume and Grand-Place will come green again. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the show on the 16th and 17th of March.
Global Greening Tourism of Ireland is in its fifth year and each year sees the growing number of known sites and attractions taking part in this initiative. Thus, Niagara Falls, the Pisa Tower, the Sydney Opera House and the Table Mountain in South Africa will color again green for Saint Patrick’s Day. In 2014, the Global Greening will be extend to the old city of Petra (UNESCO World Heritage) and the ski jump in Oslo Holmenkollen ski at Whistler in Canada and the Skiwelt Söll Austria, particularly suitable sites this year of the Winter Olympics. The Illumination in Green of the Sleeping Beauty’s Castle in Disneyland ® Paris is also a scoop.