Monday 14 March 2016

St.Patrick’s Day Celebrations and Traditions around the World

St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner so we decided to look into the traditions of this fun holiday that celebrates all things Irish. It is observed on 17th March, the death date of St. Patrick. So, let's look at the history of this day that is now celebrated with parades, laughter and drinking Guinness!

Traditionally, St. Patrick's Day was celebrated as a religious feast day in honor of the patron saint of Ireland. Over time, it became a cultural event that is celebrated with public parades, wearing of green outfits and shamrocks. As it was a day of feasting, the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol were lifted, which may have started the holiday's modern tradition of drinking Irish beer and whiskey.

Wearing the Shamrock
There are a number of things that are associated with St. Patrick’s Day and one such thing is – the shamrock. On this day it is customary to wear shamrocks, because St. Patrick is said to have used the three-leaved shamrock, to explain the Holy Trinity to the Irish.

Going Green
Because of the green shamrock, throughout the month, celebrators go green all across town in celebration of St Patrick’s Day. Many people wear something green on this day along with shamrocks. Even food and drinks are dyed with green food color, as a part of the celebration.

Around the World
St. Patrick's day is celebrated around the world with different traditions. On this day, pounds of eco-friendly vegetable dye are poured into the Chicago River to turn it emerald green for the occasion. The dyeing of the river remains a beloved tradition for many generations of Chicagoans and draws nearly thousands of spectators downtown looking to catch a glimpse before taking in the parade that follows.

Landmarks across the globe like the London Eye, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Sydney Opera House, have been lit up in green in honor of St. Patrick's Day.

A Day of Parades, Carnivals and Events
Parades and carnivals are another tradition for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. First initiated by New York, today hundreds of parades take place in many cities around the world with thousands in attendance. The parade ideas are developed in collaboration with prop makers, choreographers, costume designers, welders, visual artists, music directors, engineers and more – all working together for almost six to seven months to get everything ready for the streets each year.

Music, Dance, of course Guinness
During this time of year you’ll find a crazy amount of activities and events to keep you entertained. Art shows, plays, concerts and fairs are organized in different parts of the world, to commemorate this fun festival. Many restaurants and bars feature Irish cuisine and plenty of Guinness. Some events, such as the St Patrick's Day Festival in Trafalgar Square, are a wonderful place to celebrate with family as many children's activities are also a part of the festivities.

With all the exciting fun and celebrations all over the globe, St Patrick’s Day brings hope and optimism in our lives.


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