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St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations Around the World

St. Patrick's Day Parties
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St. Patrick’s Day. The one time of year when it is totally acceptable to dye beer green. And drop green coloring into bodies of water. And strut around in head-to-toe green. It’s the day of festive parades, followed by the night of even more festiveness. All of this is done for one reason: to celebrate St. Patrick, one of Ireland’s most well-known saints.

It’s come a long way from its religious origins. In the 17th century, St. Patrick’s Day was celebrated with large feasts. Today? Well, you know: It’s a secular celebration of Irish culture. On this day, even those who aren’t Irish wear tokens of green in honor of the festivities.

While celebrating in Ireland is a no-brainer on St. Patrick’s Day, there are other places around the world that guarantee a celebration like no other.

—Diana Edelman

This story originally ran on Viator. Viator offers tours and things to do in more than 10,000 destinations around the world.

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