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"Love is never defeated, and I could add, the history of Ireland proves it." - Pope John Paul II
St. Patrick's Day is around the clock. It is observed as one of the prominent religious festivals of Irish culture which is celebrated over a thousand years. Today it is celebrated across parts of United Kingdom, USA, Europe, Australia honouring the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. It is believed that in the 5th century at the age of 16, St. Patrick was kidnapped by the Irish raiders. He served 6 years as a shepherd in Ireland and later escaped to France where he became a priest. After returning to Ireland as the second Bishop, he spent the next 30 years establishing schools, churches, and monasteries across the country. People throughout the world, Irish and non-Irish alike, celebrate the day with traditional Irish food and drink and everything green. Well, there's little more to it than wearing a green wig and drinking endless pints of Guinness.
Wearing a St. Patrick's Day t-shirt with a giant shamrock on it join the free Irish walking tour in London on 17th March, 2017 to discover the essence of Irish culture. Visit the Camden market on 18th March to see live Irish music and participate in activities like Irish dance, craft and adventure trail. In addition, there will be a screening of the ENG v IRE Six Nations rugby match followed by midday live performances from top Irish bands MOXIE and Kíla and food trail on limited edition Irish dishes at the Butchies, Voodoo Ray's, The Cheese Bar, Crosstown Doughnuts, Cereal Killers and Chin Chin Labs. On 19th March experience the St. Patrick's Day parade, which is a sight to behold from Piccadilly to Trafalgar Square.
The festive aura started in UK over a month by retailers going green with bespoke coloured laminated boutique gift bags with handles. Shopaholics are grasping every little bit of it where branded and high street UK retailers are giving away discount vouchers, holiday vouchers, bundle offer, free gift offer and so on. To no surprise every individual is seen walking down the street holding bespoke matt laminated boutique gift bags and small boutique gift bags with handles of apparels, shoes, wines and personal care products. If you are still thinking where to shop for St. Patrick's Day in UK, visit the Westfield Stratford City, Trafford Centre in Manchester, Bullring Shopping Centre in Birmingham, Brighton & Hove, Spitalfields Market in London, Shambles in York and more.
Violin, flute, uilleann pipes, harp and banjo are the traditional Irish musical instruments. Historically Irish folk music are rural in origin and come from the older Irish language tradition whereas modern songs and tunes went from Irish to English. Caoineadh songs namely Far Away in Australia, The Town I loved So Well and Four Green Fields are the typical examples of Irish music which are typified by lyrics which stress sorrow and pain. The Haymakers Jig is one of the popular Irish folk dance which one can learn and perform on the St. Patrick's Day.
One of the best ways to celebrate the St. Patrick's Day is by visiting Ireland. The country itself has a lot to offer. Visit the Historic Heartlands, Celtic Coast and Land of 5000 Dawns from the ancient east. Add to your Ireland tour itinerary Donegal, Church of St Aengus, Tralee, Brandon Bay, Blasket Islands, Ardglass and more. One can also join the St. Patrick's Day celebration with parade, walking tour, fun activities, food, drinks, music and dance at Dublin.
Irish cuisine gives an opportunity for every food lover to taste some of the unusual and delicious dishes namely Slow Cooker Beef Stew, Corned Beef & Cabbage Casserole, Mini Shepherd's Pie, Broiled Steak with Whiskey Sauce, Irish Stew with Lamb & Guinness, Traditional Irish Shepherd's Pie, Garlic Roasted Cabbage and so on. On the other hand, Ireland is a home to world's finest distilleries. Guinness is a must try. In addition, Black Bush, Bushmills, Jameson, Paddy, Powers, and Tullamore Dew are some rich Irish whiskies to try out. Popular Irish beverages for non-alcoholics include Irish coffee, Miwadi, Bulmers Cider and Bailey's Irish Cream.
The greatest gift that one can gift his or her friend on St. Patrick's Day is a surprise house party with traditional Irish food, drinks and music.
Several award winning Irish short films are going to be screened at A-list theatres from 16th March to 19th March in cities like London, Edinburg, Glasgow, Dublin, New York, Sydney and other major international cities across the world. Go and catch them! If you want to laze around at home here is a list of top 5 Irish movies that you can sit and watch with your family and friends with endless pints of Guinness. The Boondock Saints, In The Name Of The Father, Brooklyn, The Crying Game and Once to name a few.
"May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go."