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St Patricks Day Celebrations

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It’s one of the biggest days of the year for anyone in Ireland, or anyone who simply wants an excuse to have fun. Here is a guide to everything that you need to know about the St. Patricks Day celebrations.

St. Patricks Day celebrations

We’ve put together a few pointers on one of the most famous national days in the world… because St Patrick is celebrated far and wide these days!

What is St. Patrick’s Day?

These days, St. Patricks Day has grown into a huge celebration of Irish culture all over the world. It’s something that most Irish people, and people of Irish descent, celebrate in some form or other. It originally started out as a day of religious feast for St. Patrick, but it’s a national holiday in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland these days though. The connections with the religious past are not as strong today as they previously were, but are now seen as a celebration of national identify rather than a religious one.

Dressing Up

Dressing up has become one of the biggest things associated with St. Patrick’s Day. And, as I’m sure you’ve guessed, the theme is green, shamrocks and leprechauns. It might seem a little cliched, but this Irish cliche is one that still holds true, on St. Paddy’s Day at least. People even go as far as eating and drinking green-coloured food and drinks on this day. You’ll see plenty of people dressed as leprechauns, or at least wearing bright green hats, although we can’t promise that there’s anything at the end of the rainbow.

Drinking

Yes, St. Patricks Day is, first and foremost a celebration. That means that there is a lot of fun and merriment going on in the country and around the world. The country’s national drink is, of course, Guinness and if you walk into any pub or bar on St Patricks Day, you’ll find the person behind the bar pulling pint after pint of it. In fact, the number of pints of Guinness served around the world goes up from 5 million to 13 million on this day!

The Parade

Parades are also heavily associated with St. Patricks Day. They take place in many cities, towns and villages around Ireland on this day. And they offer something for the children and the families to do that’s fun and entertaining. The oldest of all the St. Patrick’s Day parades takes place in County Wexford. It has been going on for almost 100 years, and it’s still going strong. There is also a big festival of music, food and arts that takes place in Limerick every year too.

International Celebrations

As we mentioned above, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are certainly not contained to Ireland – they go on around the world. Some of the biggest events and celebrations outside of Ireland take place in America. In places like Boston and New York, there are huge Irish immigrant communities that have made the country their home for generations. In these places, there are parades and celebrations, and even if it’s not a national holiday in America the way it is in Ireland, you’d hardly know it.

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