St.Patrick's Day

The luck of the Irish and all things green are celebrated on St. Patrick’s Day, which is on March 17 every year. Initially, a day to honour St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, over time the holiday has evolved into a fun and festive celebration of Irish culture.

The History of St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated annually on March 17, the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years. On St. Patrick’s Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were waived and people would dance, drink and feast–on the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage.

The Best Way to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

St Patrick’s Day in London is always a huge event and we can’t wait to celebrate – London style! There are all sorts of St. Patrick’s Day events going on throughout the city. The festivities are a chance for the Irish community of London – and anyone who just loves a good bit of Irish ‘Craic’ – to celebrate all things Irish. Check out our guide to what the festivities are all about and the best ways to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in London 2020.

The Most Popular St. Patrick's Day Traditions

Few holidays have transformed quite like St. Patrick's Day. It began in Ireland as a way to honor the country's patron saint, but through both immigration and secularisation it has now become a worldwide day to pay tribute to all things Irish. The date, March 17, is one of the few constants over the years.