Copious amounts of green clothing, beer, leprechauns, dyed green food, overcrowded pubs and Irish bars can only mean one thing, St. Patrick’s Day is in the air and although this holiday feast originated in Ireland to celebrate the Patron Saint, St. Patrick, it is now celebrated throughout the world by the Irish and non-Irish alike, leading to the widely heard phrase, “Everybody wants to be Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.”
From Ireland, Italy, Norway, Germany, South Korea and Japan to Canada and the United States, people typically adorn themselves in at least one green clothing item and take part in this worldwide celebration each year on or around March 17th.
Join Globe Trekker Ian Wright as he attempts a gruelling hike up Croagh Patrick, where Ireland’s patron saint, St Patrick spent 40 days of lent on this mountain, fighting demons and banishing serpents from the land.
This vigil made the 2513-foot quartz peak a sacred pilgrimage site for Catholics. About 40 to 50 thousand pilgrims trek up this mountain to the top – following in the footsteps of St. Patrick, and apparently some of them even do it in their bare feet.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland: photo credit: Amy Swearingen
St. Patrick’s Day in NYC: photo credit: Damien Derouene
St. Patrick’s Day B Boy performance Seoul, South Korea: Photo Credit: Anton Petrov