St. Patrick’s Day
March 17th is the one day of the year when we in Ireland all get to celebrate how great we are and show the world how we like to do things. While it is fun to get to celebrate it at home there are plenty of options and events for a fantastic getaway. Whether you want to head down the country or go even further afield there are plenty of options to tickle your fancy. This our guide to booking a great getaway for St. Patrick’ day and how you can have a really happy St. Patrick’s day.
What is the History of St. Patricks Day?
If you were to ask someone not from Ireland today who was St. Patrick, I’d bet that a lot of them would say “he’s the guy who drove the snakes out of Ireland”. The real origin isn’t all that magical but it is still pretty interesting. It was, in fact, the cold weather that drove the snakes out instead. Some historians believe that the so-called ‘snakes’ were in actual fact druids and when St. Patrick began preaching Christianity it was the druids that he drove out.
There is a fascinating history to St. Patrick’s day that a lot of people don’t really take into account. What began as a solemn religious celebration has not evolved into a vast festival of Irish culture. Whether you live at home or abroad everyone loves the Irish on St. Patricks day!
What type of breaks can you take around St. Patrick’s Day?
In our modern world, there are plenty of options for getting away at any time of year. For St. Patricks’s Day, you can take advantage of a number of options. One option that is always popular is to take a city break for a couple of days and see how other countries celebrate the day. Perhaps the most famous option is head over stateside and checks out some of the amazing St. Patrick’s day parades in places like New York and Boston.
The last option that you have and perhaps works even better for the last minute break to get a staycation. For the week before St. Patricks day, there are plenty of festivals going on around the country to celebrate Irishness in whatever way possible. There are plenty of visitors as well so you can get in and among them and show them how it’s done!
When is the best time to book a St. Patricks Day Holiday?
This really depends on what you are looking for in terms of a break. When you are looking for a city break it would be best to book your break a good bit in advance of when you want to go. The same goes for more international breaks such as when you want to go to places like the United States.
When it comes to staycations they are best booked at any stage really. You can take advantage of some great offers for some fantastic hotels and you don’t even have to take a plane! Generally, there is plenty going on the week before the big day so you could even get a midweek break for cheap.
Where are the best places to take a St. Patrick’s Day break?
There are plenty of places both nationally and internationally that offer mind-blowing celebrations of this amazing day. Here are some of the best celebrations both international and national that you should seriously consider checking out.
Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day Internationally
New York City
Probably the most famous place in the world outside of Ireland to celebrate St. Patrick’s day is in New York City. The strong heritage of Irish immigration has led to a passionate celebration of all things from the homeland on March 17th. From the breathtaking St. Patricks Day parade to the even better selection of Irish pubs, it’s definitely worth checking out.
Another great place in the United States to check out would be Boston. This city has an even stronger connection to Ireland with many of its inhabitants claiming a strong connection to our great country. Theres plenty of festivities going on throughout the city that will have you feeling more Irish than ever!
Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day Nationally
A whole host of events takes place all over Ireland in the week leading up to the big day and on the weekend of the big day itself.
St. Patricks Day in Dublin is the when the festivities really begin. Starting on Thursday 15th of March and run right through until Monday the 19th of March 2018. Over this period there are plenty of events that run throughout the city including street performances, inspiring events and just a general celebration of Irish culture.
This all leads up to the main St. Patrick’s day parade that runs through Dublin on Monday. The parade is a fantastic display of Irish culture and always displays the finest of what we have to offer as a country. From the music to the pageantry this parade rarely disappoints. This is perfect for adults and children of all ages.
This place is perhaps one of the best parts of Ireland to celebrate Irishness. Get away from it all and get back to nature in this amazing landscape. From the rugged coastlines to the cosy pubs, Dingle is the perfect place to unwind on your long weekend.
St. Patrick’s day Breaks on Holidayguru.ie
Whatever you’re into we have some amazing breaks to sort out your long weekend and have some serious fun while you’re at it. Whether you’re looking for a staycation, a city break or a long-haul holiday stay tuned to Holidayguru.ie for some great deals.