St. Patrick’s is one of the most celebrated traditional Irish events in Australia and with Irish Australians comprising over ten percent of Australia’s population, its no wonder that Irish influences and traditions still continue today!
Probably the greatest and most popular of Irish festivals, St Patrick’s Day commemorates the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.
Celebrated with a public holiday in Ireland, St. Patrick's Day is also celebrated with much enthusiasm in places such as Canada, Great Britain, the United States, New Zealand and of course Australia.
Sydney traditionally holds a St. Patricks Day parade on the weekend closest to St. Patrick’s Day. Floats, Irish dancers and Irish bands can all be seen heading down Park Street. Along with events and parades in Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth, St Paddy’s day reaches far and wide across Australia.
Sumptuous feasts, green clothes, shamrocks, frothy delights, joyous merrymaking with friends and family - all are parts of this grand occasion.
St Patrick's Day is marked with the wearing of green attire. If you want to stick to real Irish tradition you could find a St. Patrick's Day rosette or some fresh clover and pin it to your jacket. It is not uncommon to find green water spouting from the city fountains. There's Guinness, of course, and green beer and green desserts, and there's an Irish jig or two at the pubs and clubs.
Whatever way you decide to celebrate, Beannacht Lá Fhéile Pádraig diabh! (Happy St. Patrick's Day)