When is St. Patrick's Day ?

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2015 March 17 St. Patrick's Day
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St Patrick's Day is observed every year on or around March 17, in remembrance of St Patrick, who was the patron saint of Ireland. Observed as a bank holiday in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, the festival is a grand occasion among the Irish community and is also celebrated on a large scale in countries like New Zealand, Australia, Great Britain, America and Canada.


The celebrations

St Patrick's Day is celebrated on a large scale by the Irish community around the world. On the day, many people can be seen wearing clothes of green color. Lavish parties are held on the day and these feature Irish food and drinks. While adults can be seen having beer in pubs, children take the opportunity to gorge on their favorite sweets.

Other than this, people celebrate the day in true Irish way by taking part in a parade, or dance event.

There are unique St. Patrick’s Day celebration methods adopted in some parts of the world. In Chicago, there is this beautiful tradition of coloring the water of the Chicago River green to commemorate the day and the tradition is continued till date.

Gifts and greeting cards are also exchanged with family and friends on this day; the use of color green can be seen in plenty.

Cooking and devouring mouth-watering Irish traditional food is something you should definitely not miss out while celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Some of the traditional recipes that you can try out include Irish potato recipes, Irish side dish recipes, cookies, desserts, cake recipes, Irish main dishes and Irish bread recipes.

On the day many people also go on a pilgrimage to St Patrick’s Purgatory. Since the 13th century, this site is linked to spiritual healing and penance.

Symbol

The shamrock, which is a symbol of the holy trinity and a leaf of the clover plant is a symbol of St Patrick's Day. In many parades that are organized around the world, one would also come across the flag of the Republic of Ireland. Snakes, serpents and Celtic cross are the religious symbols of St Patrick's Day. Other symbols are the harp, a mythological creature leprechaun, and a pot of gold.

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Last Updated: 8th March,2017

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