Wearing a St. Patrick’s Day costume and having a few Irish beers with close friends is usually the image that comes to mind when people think of St. Patrick’s Day. However, this is the case for those that are located in the United States.
In Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is recognized as a national holiday, which means that most businesses are closed, especially government establishments. There are a few fun facts about this holiday that most people are unaware of, the original color for St. Patrick’s Day was blue, however, more people started to wear green and make sure that they were also wearing shamrocks, so the green and the shamrocks became a tradition. Even though the date was recognized as a national holiday, the idea of a country wide celebration did not come around until 1990. Until then, most people gathered with close friends at the local pubs in order to have a few drinks.
During the year of 1990, the government of Ireland decided to have an event that would showcase Ireland to the world. They wanted something that would catch the eye of those that did not live in the area, and give them a reason to come to Ireland during this time. So, they formed a group responsible for creating a St. Patrick’s festival, that would catch international attention, and make sure the festival showcased the Ireland to the world.
The typical parade event is full of outdoor activities that include fireworks and concerts, as well as the fair share of those that take part in the Irish food and drinks that are traditional. Most of the festivals that take place during this time also include activities that the entire family can participate in such as family fun races and treasure hunts for the children. The idea that the government wanted to put into place is that this holiday is a time when families should be enjoying life and living it to its fullest.
Every year the St. Patrick’s Day Parade starts on the seventeenth of March and lasts for around four days. This is a week full of things to do for those that are in the area. While parades are sprouting up all over Ireland, Dublin has the largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in Ireland and is recommended for most first time visitors.