It is that time of the year again when the world turns green and we raise a glass, preferably of Guinness, to St Patrick’s Day. It provides an opportunity for Irish men and women to remember their rich and vibrant heritage and culture. With the Irish representing the third most common ancestry group in Australia, it is anticipated people will turn out in thousands to celebrate around the country.
Many this morning would have enjoyed a traditional Irish breakfast of pork sausage, black pudding and soda bread accompanied with a cheeky Irish coffee, before settling back to enjoy a day of traditional Irish festivities.
The day itself represents both a cultural and religious celebration to mark the passing of Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland. It is commemorated as a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, and remembered more widely in other countries like Australia, Great Britain and New Zealand. The day also provides an opportunity to remind Australians of our multicultural roots, with many non-Irish participants finding their way to pubs and festivities to celebrate alongside the Irish.
Today we will raise a glass to celebrate all that is good about the Irish, and who knows, we may be so lucky as to find a leprechaun with a pot of gold. Let us know what you are doing to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.
Happy St Patrick’s Day from all of us here at Kernaghan and Associates.