This year, St. Patrick's Day will occur on Saturday in celebration of the patron saint of Ireland. What originally began as a religious feast day in the seventeenth century, St. Patrick's Day has evolved into an array of festivals around the world to celebrate Irish culture, as well as the patron saint himself. To join in the fun, here are the top three ways to celebrate…

Wear Green

The tradition of wearing green dates to the seventeenth century. It was a turbulent time in Irish history, with the suppression of the Gaelic way of life by the ruling British invaders. With the Shamrock symbolising Ireland, the oppressed Catholic population began to wear it as a means of demonstrating their defiance against British rule. The shamrock remains a symbol of celebration to Ireland, as does its green colour.

During St. Patrick's Day celebrations, you may also see some people wearing the colour orange or all the colours of the Irish flag. According to tradition, green is the colour of Catholics, orange is the colour of Protestants and the section of white between the two represents peace.

Visit a Parade

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Of course, there’s no better place to attend a St. Patrick's Day parade than in Ireland itself. This year in Dublin, the legendary parade will travel across the city with talented performers in hand-crafted floats that are sure to amaze. So, if you're lucky enough to be in Dublin this weekend, be sure to pack your best greenery and you’ll fit right in.

Luckily, for those who aren’t visiting Ireland, there are St. Patrick's Day parades across the world, including in London. Admire the flamboyant pageantry, marching bands and an array of floats from the procession which makes its way through Piccadilly, before passing through Trafalgar Square where you can watch well-known Irish acts and rising stars perform.

Raise a Toast with Guinness

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Of course, the most likely way to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland is with a pint of red - even though it’s always known as the black stuff, it’s actually ruby-red. The Irish association with drinking is well-known, and it seems everyone likes to join in with this because as many as 13 million pints of Guinness are drunk on St. Patrick's Day, as opposed to the usual 5.5. million per day.

So, with an Irish drink in hand, whether it be Guinness or whiskey, raise a glass with one of these traditional toasts…

"May the roof above us never fall in and may we friends beneath it never fall out."

"Here’s to a long life and a merry one. A quick death and an easy one. A pretty girl and an honest one. A cold pint – and another one!"

"May the winds of fortune sail you, may you sail a gentle sea. May it always be the other guy who says, ‘this drink's on me’."

 

To find out about St. Patrick and the award-winning Irish pubs around the world, take a look at our previous post here.

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