Ah, Saint Patrick’s Day. The day when everyone can claim to be a wee bit Irish—or at least pretend to be for 24 hours. No matter where you are in the world, it’s a day for wearing green, knocking back a few pints (responsibly!), and celebrating all things Irish. So let’s take a look at why we celebrate this holiday and how you can get in on the action!
The History of St. Patrick’s Day
Saint Patrick’s Day is a national holiday in Ireland that celebrates the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick. The day commemorated the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and was first celebrated by Irish immigrants in the United States during the 18th century. Since then, it has spread worldwide and become an international celebration. In addition to parades and parties, many people celebrate the holiday by wearing green clothes, shamrocks (the national symbol of Ireland), and other decorations.
Celebrating St. Patricks Day Around the World
Though Saint Patrick’s Day originated in Ireland, it is now celebrated worldwide to honour Irish culture and heritage. In some countries like Australia and New Zealand, celebrations are held on March 17th (the same day as in Ireland). Other countries, such as Canada and the United States, celebrate it on March 15th or 16th due to their close proximity to Ireland. Despite these variations, most countries still hold parades, parties, festivals and celebrations involving traditional Irish foods like corned beef & cabbage and soda bread!
Making Your Own Luck
For many people, one of the most popular ways to celebrate is with food and drink—and plenty of traditional dishes make up a classic St. Patricks’ spread! Corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash—the list goes on and on. Of course, no meal is complete without something sweet like Irish soda bread or shamrock-shaped sugar cookies for dessert! And don’t forget about some green beer or an Irish Coffee if you’re feeling extra festive!
Of course, these days, St. Patty’s festivities aren’t limited to just food and drinks — many parades are held throughout cities around the country, as well as smaller gatherings such as bar crawls or neighbourhood block parties. People also participate in more creative celebrations, such as dyeing rivers green or even turning their homes into mini-versions of the Emerald Isle! For those who prefer more low-key activities, there are plenty of other options, such as watching classic movies like The Quiet Man or attending lectures about Irish history or culture — no matter what your interests may be there is something for everyone out there this Saint Patrick’s day!
Whether you’re looking for something traditional or something off-the-wall this March 17th, there is no shortage of ways to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day! Whether you go all out with corned beef and cabbage or simply wear some green clothing – make sure you get out there and make your own luck this year!