Share the Luck of the Irish for St. Patrick’s Day.
by Florin R. Ferrs
The Best St. Paddy’s Around the World.
‘Ádh na nÉireannach’ is Gaelic for ‘Luck of the Irish’. The reputation of Celtic luck harkens back to Roman times, when the Roman legions confronted scrappy, savvy bands of Gauls in asymmetric warfare. Nowadays, Irish luck is celebrated all over the world, with rivers and fountains dyed green, flowing gallons of Guinness beer and Jameson whiskey, and colourful parades from Dublin to Tokyo to Sydney and Buenos Aires.
We all know that cities with heavy Irish populations like New York City and Birmingham, England have huge St. Paddy’s bashes, but did you know that St. Patrick ’s Day is big in Japan? It’s even bigger in Madrid, Spain, and massive in unlikely places like Buenos Aires, Argentina and, perhaps not so surprisingly, Moscow, Russia.
Top Ten International St Patrick’s Day Celebrations
1-Dublin: In the Emerald Isle, St. Patrick’s Day is more of a religious holly day, originally set to commemorate the Catholic saint’s death. But after mass ends, festivities really get going, with green wigs, leprechaun costumes and a healthy dose of ‘craic’ for all. In Dublin, St. Patrick’s Day has evolved into a fully-fledged festival, including plays, comedy shows, boat races, a world-famous parade, and, of course, Guinness galore. Check out Dublin’s St. Patrick’s festival website. And be sure to plan your activities ahead of time: you may be too ‘happy’ on Guinness to do any planning once you arrive.
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Share the Luck of the Irish: Dublin St Patrick's
2-Belfast: In Northern Ireland, St Paddy’s day is just as raucous as in the Republic, with Bushmills as the whiskey of choice. Check out the Belfast City Council’s website for a calendar of St. Patrick’s Day events, including a free concert and an ‘older person’s tea dance’: get your jigging shoes out and do a Michael Flatley-style step dance.
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Belfast St Paddy's
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