Ireland has given the world many things: the cure for leprosy, colour photography, hard-living storytellers, and creamy black stouts that pour hypnotically into tall pint glasses. It’s no wonder the world is always raring for the chance to be Irish, at least for a little while, on St. Patrick’s Day.
More than just a day to dress up as a leprechaun and chug pitchers of green beer, St. Patrick’s Day is a significant cultural and religious celebration that remembers the death of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. According to popular legend, he used a three-leaf shamrock to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity to the pagans, allowing him to successfully convert all of Ireland into Christianity.
Here’s a look at how the world will celebrate the Irish on this day in 2019, sláinte: