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Celebrating… Saint Patrick's Day
Celebrating… Saint Patrick's Day

Saint Patrick's Day, taking place on March 17, is one of the most famous Irish events around, but looking past the green hats and pints of Guinness, what is the history of the occasion and how is it celebrated across the world?

A patron saint

Most people know that Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, but there is lots more to the figure than you might realise. According to his works, he was the son of two Roman citizens living in Roman Wales or Scotland in the fourth century BC, who travelled to Ireland as a missionary to convert the Celtic pagans – the metaphorical snakes that the saint 'chased' from the country.

Saint Patrick is also supposedly behind the shamrock being the national flower of Ireland. According to his works, he used the three-leafed plant to explain the concept of the holy trinity to the local people.

Celebrated in Ireland

Ireland is certainly the best place to enjoy the celebrations associated with this day, from the Saint Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin to the week-long festivities that take place in Armagh. Throughout the country visitors can enjoy lots of artistic and cultural events such as fife and drum bands, delicious food and drink, and classic Céilí dancing – definitely one of the most entertaining folk dances around!

Enjoyed throughout the world

No other national event has taken on such a global character as Saint Patrick's Day. In hundreds of cities in practically every country, it is used as a fabulous excuse for a party, leading to some spectacular events.

In Chicago, the city's river is dyed bright green for the occasion, and in New York, the Empire State Building is lit up bright green as a six-hour parade makes its way throughout the city, known for its history of Irish immigration.

In Germany, large parades take place in Munich and Berlin originally set up by Irish expatriates living there. On Sunday March 12, the parade in Munich will make its way down Leopoldstrasse finishing at Odeonsplatz where an after party will follow. In Berlin, the parade takes place on Friday 17 March in the Kreuzberg area of the city, and plenty of live music and Guinness can be found in the Irish bars and pubs across the cities.

On March 11, Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center will host the annual St. Patrick’s Day Irish Ball. A huge black-tie event, guests can expect food, music and dancing long into the night.

To find out more about the events happening at across Kempinski hotels, please contact us.

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