Get ready for green lights, green hats, even green beer! Saint Patrick's Day is on 17 March. Why is Ireland's national day such a worldwide party?

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In the 1971 film The Flight of the Doves, an Irish policeman lifts up a little English girl so that she can see the nearby parade for Saint Patrick's Day. He tells her, 'It's a great day for the Irish.' The little girl exclaims, 'I'm not Irish!', to which the policeman replies, 'You don't have to be Irish to be Irish!' Saint Patrick's Day is the national day of Ireland. Every 17 March, the day is celebrated around the globe by millions of people, Irish and not-so-Irish.

Patrick, the man

Did you know that Saint Patrick himself was not actually Irish? It is thought that he was either Scottish or Welsh, coming from a wealthy Christian family. Ancient documents suggest that, as a teenager, he was taken by Irish pirates to work as a slave in Ireland. Once in his new country, he began to talk to Irish people about God, introducing his Christian beliefs to the country. 

Patrick and the snakes

Old legends say that, years ago, Ireland had a lot of snakes and that Saint Patrick used his powers to chase them all into the sea. To this day, Ireland has many old statues of Saint Patrick, often with snakes at his feet. Apparently, this is why Ireland has no native species of snakes (though most scientists suggest that this fact could be more related to geographical reasons!).

International popularity

March 17 is a day for huge celebrations in Ireland. However, due to Ireland's history of emigration, many people around the world consider themselves to be partly Irish because of their ancestral connections. This means that Saint Patrick's Day parties take place around the world, from Boston to Tokyo, Sydney to Buenos Aires. In fact, Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated in more countries than any other national festival.

Big parades

The most famous celebrations on Saint Patrick's Day are the parades. These are carnival-like events, where people dress up and walk along the street, dancing or playing music. Often the parades include big lorries, specially decorated in green. Many of the world's major cities have enormous parades. The largest is in New York, where 150,000 people participate in the parade and millions of people watch. The second largest is in Dublin, Ireland's capital city.

More 'modest' parades 

Ireland itself is a relatively small country with few cities. However, most of its towns and villages have their own 'mini' parades. Sometimes, these simply include a few tractors and the children from the local school. The shortest known parade used to take place in the village of Dripsey, in southern Ireland. The length of the parade was just 23 metres, between the village's two pubs. However, the Dripsey parade came to an end when one of the two pubs sadly closed down!

A day for green

Another well-known aspect of Saint Patrick's Day is the colour green. Around the world, many people wear green clothes as a way of marking the day. In major cities, green lights illuminate famous global landmarks such as the Colosseum in Rome or the Christ The Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro. In Chicago, thousands of people watch as special boats dye the river a bright green colour. Students at Miami University in Ohio, USA, even have a 70-year-old tradition of drinking special green 'Saint Patrick's' beer!

Wherever you're from, make sure you celebrate this 17 March by watching your local parade, drinking some Irish beer or perhaps just by wearing a silly green hat. And don't forget to wish your friends a wonderful Saint Patrick's Day, or, as they say in Ireland, 'Happy Paddy's Day!'

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Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated in Minsk, too. There started 'The Food Festival' with Irish vibes on 17 March this year. Students and young people celebrate it in clubs painting their faces in Ireland's flag colours. There are organized women and men fights, too.
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It is thought that the celebration of this day is attributed to mode. To my mind it is attributed to the globalization, to growth of public awareness and knowledge and to the wish for festive occasion, too.
As the national day of my country is The Independence Day, by far the most important national holiday. Is the day of liberation from the occupation by Nazi Germany. On this day we pay tribute to the deceased heroes and ponder on the steps we can take to make our country thrive and prosper.

This holiday has recently come to our country. We do not celebrate it as in other countries people do, but somebody greets each other. Many people just don`t admit it. As for me, I learned more about St.Patrick`day only this year.
The national day in Ukraine is 24th of August.

For the great majority of people in my own country this is only another ordinary day of year, however Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated by students and youth peolple.
I managed to find out how this holiday appeared in Russia. It was happened in 1991 in our capital city. In the summer day was opened "Irish Trading House on Arbat". One year later in 17 March directors of this Thading House deсided to make a parade. They made a tribune and staged a parade according to the rules as all over the world.
Since that, the parades is held in Moscow. It includes Irish music, danceses, the image of the shamrock, leprechauns and very, very much of green colour.
The national Day in Russia is 12 June. It's the youngest holiday for my country. The different name for this celebtarion Independence Day. The main celebtations are held in Moscow on Red Square and end with a grand salute in honor of the Day of Russia.
As for me and my family, we don't celebrate this days.

When I lived in Ukraine I knew relativly nothing about the Sain Patric's day. We celibrated New Year on 31December and Vicory day on 9 March the most other days were less important. I live in Norhtern Ireland now and my family is planning to cook a special meal a beef stew with Ginness(this is black beer). I hope I shouldn't be Irish to taste it.

My country don't celebrate of Saint Patrick's days.Because it is don't know here. But we like Ireland People. Also, my country has 23 April İnternational Child day. We celebrate all day and and in all place.