Saint Patrick’s Day in Ireland

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St. Patrick’s Day is considered one of the biggest celebrations in the United States and throughout the world. With a large population of Irish descendants here in the United States, many people partake in St. Patrick’s Day traditions such as the St. Patrick’s Day parade, wearing green, and drinking. While St. Patrick’s Day is considered more of a party holiday in the United States, St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland prides itself on upholding the oldest traditions and celebrating Irish heritage. St. Patrick’s Day originally began as a celebration of the patron saint of Ireland St. Patrick back in the 16th century. It was a day where people would feast in celebration of the arrival of Christianity in Ireland brought by St. Patrick himself. However, the day has now evolved to celebrate everything Irish. Despite it the actual holiday only being one day, Ireland celebrates St. Patrick’s day throughout the entire week. Traditional practices such as St. Patrick’s Day mass are still celebrated before the start of the official four day festival which consists of Celtic dancing, Irish music, storytelling of Irish folklore, and the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. Seas of green flood the streets each year to experience the largest gathering in Ireland and celebrate their cultural heritage. Despite the commercialization of St. Patrick’s Day in places such as the United States, the Irish continue to indulge in the richest Irish traditions and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day like only the Irish can. Sona lá st Pádraig (Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you all)!

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