Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated each year on March 17th and is a cultural holiday originating in Ireland. This is a holiday that is celebrated in more countries around the world than any other national holiday. It is also celebrated in countries such as Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand. This is the day where everybody wants to be Irish!
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This day is intended to celebrate the heritage and culture of the Irish people and the countries intention is to create a major, international festival to showcase all of the talents and achievements of the Irish people. Celebrations involve public parades and festivals, as well as wearing a lot of green! Fun fact: originally, the color associated with Saint Patrick was blue but now, green ribbons and shamrocks are worn to commemorate the day.
The one week St. Patrick’s Day celebration draws in a crowd of close to 1 million visitors ready to join in the fun each year. The festivities also include concerts, outdoor theatrical performances and fireworks. Dublin is the most popular city to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in, but if you’re looking to get away from the crowd a bit, Downpatrick, Country Down is also a very popular site.
Other than enjoying the parades and a drink (or two…or three…or…) at the local pubs, you can also take some time to visit the historical and sacred St. Patrick sites. St. Patrick was a 5th century missionary and bishop in Ireland. He served as an ordained bishop until his death on March 17th (oh, that’s where they got the date from!). In theory, St. Patrick’s day is a religious holiday but is celebrated much more commonly as a cultural event.
St. Patrick’s Island lies about 1.5 km from the mainland of Skerries, County Dublin and is rich in vegetation and lush greenery. Saul, County Day has the strongest links to Saint Patrick. It is said that he landed in this city when he arrived in Ireland and legend has it, this is where he is buried. The “Saint Patrick’s Memorial Church” is built in the city, as well as a giant, bronze statue of Saint Patrick overlooking the scenery.