Originally, St. Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious celebration held annually on March 17th. It is the death anniversary of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland who brought Christianity to Ireland.
Where: Ireland, the United Kingdom, Canada, United States, Brazil, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand.
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However, amidst the Coronavirus outbreak, the parades and outdoor celebrations remain cancelled globally.
Yet, here is a sneak peek into the celebrations and traditions observed on St. Patrick’s Day
Green landmarks: Some of the most iconic monuments around the world have lit up in green, including New York’s Empire State building, Lisbon’s Cristo de Rei statue, Niagara Falls among others.
The Ringing of Church Bells: Across Ireland, church bells will ring at 11 am local time as an expression of social solidarity.
The Parade: The St. Patrick’s Day parade is the best part of this festival. There are bagpipe blowers, colourful costumes, inflatable shamrocks and little kids dressed in green. This year, however, the physical parade has been called off everywhere. However, there is a plan to have a virtual one.
The Food: St Patrick’s Day is a lot about food! Several Irish delicacies are cooked on this day such as corned beef and cabbage, roasted potatoes, carrot soup and more.