St Patrick's Day

Happy St Patrick's Day

Will the sun be shining on Ireland as they celebrate St Patrick's Day, the national day of Ireland?

Ireland marks the national day by holding celebrations across the country. Dublin hosts the St. Patrick's Day festival, a five-day event including a parade through the streets of the city on St. Patrick's Day and a fireworks display on the Saturday evening. Check the Dublin weather forecast.

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Forecast

17 March Will there be a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow this St Patrick's day? Check your local forecast.

St Patrick's Day internationally

St Patrick's Day is celebrated worldwide, with Irish-themed pubs hosting special events, including Irish music and dancing.

In the UK Birmingham hosts the largest St Patrick's day event, with a parade through the centre of the city. Check the Birmingham weather forecast before heading to this event.

Since 1991 America have celebrated Irish-American heritage month through March to tie in with St Patrick's Day. A number of parades take place across America to mark the saint's day, the largest taking place in New York. Chicago celebrates St Patrick's Day by dyeing the main river in the city green. Will these international events be a success? Check the world weather forecast.

What is St Patrick's Day?

St Patrick's Day celebrates the life of a bishop from the fourth century, who then became the Patron Saint of Irish. The day is celebrated on 17 March as this marks the death of the saint in 461. The day began as a feast day to mark St Patrick's Day in the 17th century and then became a national holiday in the Republic of Ireland in 1903.

St Patrick's Day is celebrated across the Republic of Ireland and the rest of the world by wearing the symbolic colour of the day, green, eating traditional Irish food and drinking Irish stout. The Irish symbol of the shamrock is often also worn on the day.