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St. Patrick's Day, also known as St. Paddy's or Patty's Day, is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated all over the world every March 17. It commemorates St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland.
  • St. Patrick's Day is celebrated in the United States to commemorate Irish and Irish-American culture. This includes prominent displays of the color green, feasts, plentiful consumption of alcohol, religious observances and numerous parades. St. Patrick's Day has been celebrated on the North American continent since the late eighteenth century, prior to the American Revolution.
  • In Great Britain, Queen Elizabeth used to present bowls of shamrock flown over from Ireland to members of the Irish Guards to commemorate St. Patrick's Day. The Irish Guards is a regiment in the British Army consisting primarily of soldiers from both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.  The City of Birmingham, meanwhile, holds the largest St. Patrick's Day parade in Britain. The massive parade covers a two mile (3 kilometer) route through the city center. The organizers describe it as the third biggest St. Patrick's Day parade in the world after Dublin and New York.  London also holds an annual Saint Patrick's Day parade which takes place on weekends around the 17th, usually in Trafalgar Square. In 2008 the water in the Trafalgar Square fountains was even dyed green.
  • In Canada, one of the longest-running St. Patrick's Day parades in North America is held every year in Montreal, the flag of which has a shamrock in one of its corners. The parade have been held in continuity since 1824.  In the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Saint Patrick's Day is even considered as a provincial holiday.
  • In Argentina, and especially in Buenos Aires, all-night long parties are celebrated in designated streets. People dance and drink only beer throughout the night, until seven or eight in the morning.
  • In Japan, St. Patrick's Day Parades are held in Tokyo, organized by The Irish Network Japan. Nowadays parades and other events related to St. Patrick's Day are spread throughout the entire month of March.
  • In New Australia and Zealand, St. Patrick's Day is celebrated by wearing green clothes. Streets are also filled with revelers from early afternoon until late at night.
  • The island of Montserrat, known as "Emerald Island of the Caribbean", because of its founding by Irish refugees from Saint Kitts and Nevis, is the only place in the world apart from Ireland and the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador where St Patrick's Day is a public holiday. The holiday commemorates a failed slave uprising that occurred on 17 March 1768.
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