LIKE THE IRISH NEED AN EXCUSE FOR A GUINNESS AND A GOOD TIME.
Friday is a good excuse for a Guinness. St Patrick’s Day is the best excuse for Ireland’s biggest knees-up of the year.
THROUGH A BOOZY HAZE WE CAN ALMOST MAKE OUT THE HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE.
The Feast of Saint Patrick, Ireland’s foremost patron saint, is held every year on the anniversary of his death, to commemorate his influence and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. Traditional Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking are relaxed for the day – hence the rush to the bar.
ASIDE FROM THE DRINKING, WHAT DOES OUR ST PATRICK’S DAY HAVE IN STORE?
Expect to see lively street parades with marching bands, the military, fire brigades, cultural organisations and others, often swathed in green. There are well-attended church services and day-long festivities with traditional Irish music and dancing sessions. It is customary to end the day by putting a shamrock in the bottom of your glass of beer or whiskey and toasting to the Saint, Ireland and those around you. Swallow the shamrock or toss it over your shoulder for good luck.