“With each leaf of shamrock a wish is sent your way,
good health, good luck, and happiness for today and every day.”
Saint Patrick’s Day – March 17th 2012
St. Patrick is said to have been born in Britain in the 4th Century, a member of a Romano-British religious family. Kidnapped and brought to Ireland by raiders, he escaped six years later and returned to his family. After becoming a priest and later a bishop he returned to Ireland and spent the next thirty years of his life promoting and spreading Christianity, using the lowly plant as a symbol. St. Patrick’s Day has been recognized as a feast day in Ireland since the 9th century & an official holiday since 1903.
The Irish diaspora consists of over eighty million people who have ancestry relating back to Ireland, immigrants, children of immigrants and so forth. In 1845 the hardship of the great famine caused an enormous number of people to leave their native island and travel far bringing with them their sense of good fun and dedication. It makes sense that St. Patrick’s day is one of the most celebrated saints’ days.
In Canada St. Patrick’s day is widely celebrated with parades dating back to 1824 in Montreal. These parades continue to this day being held in all major Canadian cities. In Newfoundland and Labrador it is a provincial holiday. This is holiday that represents Irish culture, religion & history. On the day many attend church services and the wearing of the colour green is considered a sign of good luck. Fans of the NHL may be surprised to know the Toronto Maple Leafs were once known as the Toronto Shamrocks. One does not have to be Irish or religious to take part in the day; simply being an admirer of Irish culture of song and dance and literature is good enough. Festivals, pub and club outings are common as are small get together with friends where Irish food and drink is enjoyed. If you are looking for a safe way to get around during the festivities you may want to consider pre-booking your own exclusive Saint Patrick’s Day limousine. We recommend making arrangements well ahead of time to guarantee availability.
Upcoming events in Vancouver include the 8th Annual St. Patrick’s Day parade which will take place on Sunday March 18th starting at 11am. Over 300,000 people are expected to turn out for this event in downtown Vancouver which will include over two thousand participants. Celtic Fest will take place between March 10th- and 18th at venues including but not limited to the Edgewater Casino & Pacific Centre. Some pubs in Vancouver that celebrate this day include the Blarney Stone, Ceili’s, Doolin’s, Darby’s & The Irish Heather . We hope you have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day,