The Village of Howth, Ireland - photo taken by Moira
St Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17th in Ireland, America, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, and by the Irish and friends worldwide. Although it’s an Irish holiday, Americans have embraced St. Patrick’s Day as their own for many years. Now a tradition, the first-ever St. Patrick’s Day Parade occurred in Boston in 1737. New York City, Chicago, and Philadelphia followed suit in years to come. In cities with vibrant Irish-American populations, traditions merged to create a new interpretation of the day.
Today everyone can be a little bit Irish for the day, enjoying traditional Irish music, dance, and festive parades. You might be toasting with pints of Guinness and wearing "Kiss me, I'm Irish" attire from head to toe.
Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland
Symbols of Luck
Irish Eyes are Smiling
March 2016 is Irish Heritage Month as decreed by President Barack Obama and 2016 is also the Centennial Anniversary of the 1916 Rising. The Republic of Ireland and the United States are commemorating 2016 together. More information can be found at your local Irish Embassy online. The Island of Ireland is one of the most beautiful places on Earth and the people among the most welcoming.
I wish you all a Happy St Patrick’s Day with an Irish Blessing:
“May you always have walls for the winds, a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire, laughter to cheer you, those you love near you, and all your heart might desire.”
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