We’re proud to be Irish every day of the year but Paddy’s day gives us a chance to really go overboard with it. It’s a day to celebrate and take pride in all things Irish but what does it mean to be Irish in 2017 and what does St. Patricks Day mean to you?
For many Paddy’s Day is the first big celebration of a new year. January can be a depressing month, whose only purpose is to let the bank balance recover after the Christmas madness, and unless you’re madly in love Valentine’s Day passes many of us by. But Paddy’s Day is a holiday we can all come together for and celebrate in style. It brings with it the first Bank Holiday of the year (which is long overdue), that alone is enough for many to rejoice.
It’s a time to catch up with friends and family and have the craic. Whether that’s celebrating down the pub or taking the kids to the parade.
The St. Patricks Day weekend for others represents one of the busiest sporting weekends of the year. Many are hoping to win a fortune on an Irish winner in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. It can be a day of rivalry and time to display local pride if you’re GAA club are playing in All Ireland Club finals. On the flip side it’s a time we all come together and cheer on Joe Schmidt and the Irish rugby team. Paddy’s Day weekend marks a potential championship showdown against old rivals England. A championship win would guarantee a Paddy’s Day weekend to remember. 2017 also features and added sporting bonus on Paddy’s Day. If Michael Conlan wins his pro boxing debut at Madison Square Gardens in New York celebrations will carry on late in to the night and will continue all weekend.
You don’t have to be living at home to celebrate Paddy’s Day. Irish all over the world whether it be in Australia, Canada, New Zealand or anywhere else use it as a day to celebrate where they come from. It can be used as a time for the Irish community in any city or town to come together and celebrate their culture whether it be through music, dance, or sport. Many also use it as a time to introduce friends they’ve met on their travels to Irish culture and the famous Irish craic. No wonder the whole world wants to be Irish on March 17th!
Back in Ireland St. Patricks Day is an important day for people of all different nationalities to celebrate their chosen home. St. Patricks Day is increasingly becoming a time to showcase the ever changing Ireland. It’s a time for integration and for being introduced to new traditions and cultures by our neighbours and our friends from all around the world.
These are just a few examples of what St. Patricks Day and being Irish means to people in 2017 and we are sure there are many more reasons to celebrate: What will you be celebrating on Paddy’s Day and what does being Irish mean to you in 2017? Whatever you are celebrating, we hope all our loyal customers have great craic and a happy St. Patricks Day.