For most of us, Saint Patrick’s Day means green, and beer. Lots of beer. And while there’s nothing wrong with keeping your St. Patty Day traditions alive and well, it’s interesting to see how the rest of the world celebrates the day.
Below are a few of our favorite traditions from around the globe!
More religious than the rest of the world, Saint Patrick’s Day in its homeland has a totally different vibe – at least at first. After mass, most people in Ireland go straight to their town’s parade, which is typically quite spectacular. While the myth of green beer is real, it’s typically only given (and drank) by tourists. The Irish stick to their own local beer accompanied by huge feasts, which are often shared by the entire community. And, not everyone wears green. You’ll find the Unionists opt for orange, which, along with green, is seen in the country’s flag.


Dublin Saint Patrick’s Day – Photo credit:

The annual St. Patrick’s Day 3-Legged Race in Denmark has become something of a national tradition. Although it didn’t start until recently (2001), the race in Copenhagen raises money for children with cancer. Sponsored by the Carlsberg brewery, it somehow seems that the legacy of beer manages to follow the holiday around the world.


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While not wearing green isn’t likely to get you pinched in this South American country, most people still do on St. Patrick’s Day. Influenced by small communities of Irish immigrants, Argentineans celebrate the holiday much like the United States – with lots of drinking. Known for (late) nightlife, the capital of Buenos Aires will often host large crowds celebrating and drinking until 7 or 8 in the morning, but really that’s no different than a typical Friday for them.


Irish Celebration in Buenos Aires – Photo credit:

From Boston’s dense Irish population to Chicago’s dyeing of the Chicago River green, to New York City’s large parade – the United States of America’s St. Patty’s Day celebrations are hard to beat. Don your green (or orange) clothes proudly and drink that green beer with gusto because America knows how to party.
That only leaves one important St. Patrick’s Day question to answer: Just where do leprechauns come from and where do they really live?
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The Chicago River dyed green – Photo credit:

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