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March is near and St. Patrick’s day’s around. Well, who doesn’t know about that famous Irish day? Everybody’s Irish on this day. Everybody goes green on March 17. It is the national Irish holiday to memorize one of the patron saints of Ireland, St. Patrick. However, besides those huge celebration, what more have you known about this famous Irish day, which has been celebrated by many western countries all over the world, either Irish or non-Irish?

Something You Might Need to Know about St Patrick

St. Patrick was a patron saint known for converting the Gaelic Irish, who were mostly Pagans, to Christianity and for driving snakes from Ireland. And as you have known, St. Patrick was quite successful at converting. Through active preaching, he made important converts even among the royal families. And now, he was remembered and hugely celebrated throughout the world on March 17.

But Why March 17th?

It is because it was the day St. Patrick died. Since the holiday began in Ireland, it is believed that as the Irish spread out around the world, they took with them their history and celebrations. The biggest observance of all is, of course, still in Ireland.

HOW HUGE IS THE CELEBRATION?

It was normally celebrated in Ireland. But as the time goes by, the famous St. Patrick celebration spreads all over the world, celebrated by either Irish and Non-Irish. With the exception of restaurants and pubs, almost all businesses close on March 17th and everybody is Irish on March 17th.

Wearing Green and Shamrocks

Green becomes the color of St. Patrick’s day as green is the color of spring, the color of shamrock, and the color connected with hope and nature. Green has also been a color used in the flags of several revolutionary groups in Ireland. Additionally, the shamrock  becomes the symbol of Ireland and St. Patrick’s Day due to the natural abundance of clover plants in the country, but largely due to its strong association with Christianity.

Attending Parades

Parades are an important and the most waited activity in the St. Patrick’s day. In all western countries all over the world, starting from Ireland, Canada, Australia, US, England, and many others parade on St. Patrick’s Day. The parades are done by having Irish soldiers in the English military who do march through the city with their music. There is no enough fun without parades! So, every country that celebrates St. Patrick’s day will have great parades for the people to attend.

Cooking Irish Recipes

What’s Paddy’s day (a nickname for St. Patrick’s day) without Irish recipes to add more joy to it. And don’t worry! There is a wide range of Irish recipes for St. Patrick’s day for you to enjoy with your loved ones, either family and friends. You can try the Irish main dishes, Irish side dishes, Irish bread recipes, potato irish recipes, cookies, dessert, cake recipes, or others like cornet beef and cabage, Irish coffee, pasta with Irish bacon and broccoli, apple and barley pudding, etc.

I am sure you will find it very joyful and meaningful day to celebrate. So now, get yourself ready for the celebration!

~Gabrielle~