For many countries, St. Patrick’s Day is a celebration, but not recognized as a national holiday. In simpler terms, people still have to go to work if St. Patrick’s Day falls on a week day…and this year it does (Wednesday, March 17). To make up for it, cities around the world have their parades over the weekend, such as Boston. If it doesn’t get rained out, the South Boston St Patrick’s Day Parade is scheduled for Sunday, March 14 at 1:00 P.M.
Although some places may still hold a formal celebration officially on St. Patrick’s Day, and bars will fill up on Wednesday regardless, Ireland of course celebrates it has a national holiday. However, Ireland isn’t the only country that shuts down in celebration. I learned that Montserrat in the Caribbean also recognizes St. Patrick’s Day as a national holiday as well!
Although we have a handful of articles on Ireland, GoNOMAD is missing features about Montserrat which is a hint for writer’s looking to get published on a travel website (check out the Writer’s Guidelines) . Double whammy: go to either country ON St. Patrick’s Day and report back!
As I’ve heard the saying goes “Everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day“, which may be why Irish pubs can be found around the world. And even if you can’t find an Irish themed bar, Guinness came out with a Guinness Pub Finder iPhone application, so you can find an Irish stout wherever you go leaving your excuses for not celebrating slim to none.
So Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone! Remember to wear green!