Just for that one day on March 17, the whole world turns Irish, and people in different countries all mark the day in their own special way.
But no matter what the method, there is always a free-flow of Guinness to help keep that Irish spirit up!
In Dublin, Ireland, the celebrations begin a little early, on March 12. The whole city is involved, with over a million citizens participating in parades, carnivals, theatre and street performances, dances and treasure hunts – all accompanied by several pints of the famous black beer.
After all, this is the city where Guinness has been brewed for 250 years.
The five-day festivities reach their climax on the actual St Patrick’s Day, when everyone goes wild in a celebration of Irish culture and ‘craic’, which is Gaelic for ‘fun and good times’.
The St Patrick’s Day parade is also popular in Tokyo, Japan. The trendy Harajyuku area in central Tokyo comes alive on the eve of St Patrick’s Day onwards, with Irish and Japanese flags decorating the streets. Locals and foreigners alike take to the streets to join the parade, ride on floats, enjoy the street performances, dance, enjoy traditional Irish food such as corned beef and cabbage, enjoy a pint of Guinness Draught and generally have a blast.
With such an enthusiasm for the festival all over the world, it’s only natural that Malaysia jumps on the bandwagon.
For the last two years, St Patrick’s Day has been celebrated by Malaysians and visitors in true Irish fashion, complete with Guinness-infused food and sauces promotion at participating outlets nationwide, limited edition Guinness St Patrick’s collectibles and much more, leading up to not one, but two, Guinness St Patrick’s Day celebrations!
The first will be in 1 Utama Shopping Centre, Petaling Jaya, on March 13 and the second in Juru Auto City, Penang, on March 14. There will be musical performances, games and of course, Guinness Draught for that authentic Irish experience.