Though Irish in essence, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in different parts of the world. In fact, the first parade was not held in Ireland, but in the USA, at NYC.
The credit goes to Irish emigrants, beautiful people, who have spread this wonderful culture, wherever they have settled in. It is now celebrated worldwide.
For example, in AUSTRALIA, Sydney has the most famous Patrick’s day celebrations, with the entire opera house lit green, a marvel to watch. It also has the credit of the biggest Patty’s day celebration in the southern hemisphere. Different localities are chosen each year, to host the festivities, where it takes the form a carnival, with food stalls, activity corners, face painting, live music performances, craft stalls etc. Parades can originate from any place, but generally culminates at the Sydney harbour bridge.
The day is also special for sporting activities, as Gaelic Football and other Gaelic sporting events are held for fun.
New Zealand holds the credit for holding the first St. Patrick’s day celebration every year, due to its Far East position in the Pacific Ocean. With about 20% of New Zealand’s population being Irish, the celebration takes a new high every year. Irish begun their settlements since 1840, when the territory came under British sovereignty. The highlight of the celebration is lighting of the famous, 1076 tall, sky tower to green. Auckland has the lion’s share of the celebrations, with Parade, along with traditional music and dance competitions called fleadth.
Japan, the land of the rising sun, sees paddy’s day celebration as a new entrant to its culture. It is less than 30 years, that Patty’ day is being celebrated here. As usual, it is organized by the Irish settlers in the Tokyo region, and the main area of the shopping district of Omotesando (a five-minute walk from Harajuku Station), witnesses all the major activities like parades, revellers in Irish costumes, dancing leprechauns, musical bands, and all other to bring in the proper carnival and fun spirit. Corned beef, the must have food for the day, is also available at the Yoyogi Park, with green beer to wash down your food, in the ambience of folk music. On March 16th and 17th , the Yoyogi Park hosts the I love Ireland festival, which is also Asia’s biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
Brussels marks the advent of the festival by dressing up its Manneken Pis (the landmark statue in the city center) with a cable knit sweater. People dressup in green, and then head straight Parc du Cinquantenaire to celebrate the entire day, for, aren’t we all Irish on Paddy’s day! Revellers gets to try traditional sports like Gaelic football, camogie ( a ball and stick game) and soccer as well. Kids have a gala time with kid’s special activities and craft making. Different musical acts are also organized, and you are free to join in with your own dancing skills. The professionals of course, take up the stage with quick footed steps.
Montserrat has seen catholic Christian settlements from 17th century onwards, and thus, this tiny Caribbean island has formed deep roots with all Christian events, such that it is also known as The Other Emerald Isle.
It is the only place outside Ireland where St. Patrick’s day is a public holiday. Celebrations are held for full 10 days! And it also commemorates first slave rebellion of the country. People can be found doing Irish jigs, dressed in green irish costumes, and crack whips in mock defiance of their once slave masters. The event honours the catholic history and independence from slavery together.
Different events like Kite festival, calypso competition, freedom, run, freedom walk etc are organized and are participated with great fervour.
You can also get a shamrock stamp on your passport as a memento of attending the festival.
Celebrations of the day in Canada has been for centuries, without a single miss. The first parade was organized way back in 1824, and has been growing stronger since. You will find every kind of revellers in the parades, starting from marching musical bands, to bagpiper bands along with participation from local citizens, costume cladded people, leprechauns, pots of gold, huge shamrocks, and everything else. With all this, the saint is also not left behind, and a huge St. Patrick is made and carried in the parade. The parade lasts for three hours, rain, thunder or snow, and starts at 12. C’est la vie Canadienne !
St. Patricks Day Parade 2022 in Munich is happening on SUN MAR 13 2022 AT 12:00 PM TO 06:00 PM UTC+01:00.
St Patrick’s Day party always takes place on the Sunday before the Patty’s day of March 17, in Munich or Munchen, as they lovingly call it. However, on March 17th, this largest Bavarian city’s iconic landmarks like the BMW welt, Olympic tower and the Hofbräuhaus are lit up in bright green to commemorate the day.
The celebrations are a pretty recent addition to the already culturally enriched Munich. In 1996, a group of mere 300 people started a parade, but soon, another 3000 people joined the parade, cementing its success and succession. Thereafter Munich books the previous Sunday in its calendar for celebrating the day. Now, over 50 groups participate in the parade, and it is common to see groups of leprechauns, highlanders and sporting attires in the parade and in the reveller crowd.
Entire Leopoldstrasse (Leopold Street) is dedicated to the parade, which sees a moving humanity in green, revelling with Bavarian merriment, couple with Irish culture. A worthy place to visit in the season.
Street food festivals are held at both Wittelsbacher Platz and the Odesonsplatz , where in the ambiance of live Celtic music, internation platter of food are served, along with beer, of course. Talking of pubs, the best place to visit for the day is the Kilians Irish Pub, which is right next to the Frauenkirche.
London’s festivities equals Ireland’s when it comes to Paddy’s day celebrations. The city witnesses brilliant festival celebrations. The parade starts from Piccadilly Circus and passes through some of the most iconic historical landmarks of the city, culminating at Trafalgar square after an hour, where the festivities continue. The parade begins at mid day. Trafalgar square sees live performances by well know musical bands and groups. ceilidhs (gathering with traditional dancing, folk music, and storytelling sessions), are also organized. All the Irish pubs in and around the square hosts special events too, where Londoners , along with its tourists enjoy. The iconic London eye also bores a green hue, and looks beautiful.
Cabo Roig, Spain
Spain has its fair share of the celebrations as well, and Spain being it is, the bias is towards parties. You can try flamenco with your step dancing, in the beautiful city of Cabo Roig on the western coast, a popular vacation spot. The beach becomes the playground of merriment, with karaoke, fireworks and Guinness beer. Madrid and Barcelona also celebrates the event.
The city is home to one of the largest population of Irish in the world, which reflects well in the Patrick’s day celebration. There is a parade, but what is more astonishing is that an entire 10 block Streets are converted for party and merrymaking!
You will find dancing performances, music programmes, all in live presentation, along with traditional Irish food, costume contests (for leprechaun and fairies) with half a century of food and drinks stalls. It happens to be the largest Patrick’s day celebration in the entire continent of South America.
Ireland, of course, where the saint lived!
It used to be a solemn occasion for the country, as March 17th is the official death day of the saint, and it also falls in between Lent. However, in 1961, Ireland allowed opening of its pubs on March 17th, and the roots of the festival celebrations were made.
After the success of parades and celebrations in the United States, Ireland had begun its version too, mainly to woo tourists. Today, Dublin sees a massive 4 day celebration for the event, drawing over half a million of visitors.
Marching bands and participants arrive from all over the world. The parade has a large variety of revellers like bagpipers, Irish dancers, Shamrock cladded people, and everything green.
Fairs are also hosted which turn into carnivals. You will find giant roller coasters, Ferris wheels, carousels, and enchanted banquet, which had Irish fables, fairy tales etc.
Major places of interests like the blarney’s castle, St. Patrick’s cathedral and the Bank of Ireland is also lit bright green.
Dingle, County Wexford, and Cork also have their own celebrations, but in a smaller scale.
Thus, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated around the world in its true spirit.
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