St. Patrick’s Day!

St Patricks Day commemorates the life and work of St Patrick, a Christian missionary who lived in the fourth and fifth centuries. At a young age, according to legend, he was allegedly kidnapped by pirates and sold into slavery, where he stayed for 6 years. After that he lived a life full of adventure, serious work and teaching. In the last years of his life he served as a Saint in Ireland and was a legendary Christian missionary.

St Patricks Day celebrations were brought to Canada by Irish immigrants. St Patricks Day is a public holiday in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador on the nearest Monday to March 17 each year.  It is observed by the provincial government, but post offices, stores, many schools, businesses and other organizations are open. Public transport services run on their regular timetables.

In some cities, notably Toronto and Montreal, large-scale St Patricks Day parades are held, often on the Sunday closest to March 17. The parade in Montreal has been held every year since 1824.On the coat of arms of the city of Montreal, the province of Quebec even depicts a cloverleaf as a tribute to immigrants from faraway Ireland. In some places, there are Irish cultural events. For instance, the Irish Association of Manitoba organizes a three-day festival of Irish culture in the week of St Patricks Day. People who have an Irish background or enjoy Irish culture may hold Irish themed parties and serve traditional dishes, such as Colcannon or Irish stew. Colcannon is a dish of mashed potatoes mixed with kale or cabbage and Irish stew is traditionally made with lamb and root vegetables. Traditional Irish drinks include stout, a dark beer, and whiskey. In Calgary on this day, they trade in the green beer.

What To Do on St Patricks Day in Canada:

1. Irish Times Pub, Victoria, British Columbia
It was nominated by Ireland’s daily newspaper as one of the top 10 best Irish pubs in the world outside of Ireland.

2. Lucky Bastard Distillers, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
One of Saskatoon’s most popular craft distilleries, Lucky Bastard Distillers, is hosting a “Kiss Me, I’m a Lucky Bastard” event.

3. Pub Saint-Patrick, Quebec City, Quebec
Quebec Citys sole Irish pub.

4. Old Triangle Irish Alehouse, Halifax, Nova Scotia
 Old Triangle Irish Alehouse, open as early as 7 a.m. and features Irish music.

5. Crowfoot Wines and Spirits, Calgary, Alberta
Crowfoot Wines and Spirits is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Irish Whiskey Festival. It’s one of their most popular events — a tasting experience of Irish whiskey and beer paired with traditional Irish cuisine.

6. The Irish Village, Ottawa, Ontario
One of the most vibrant spots is the Heart & Crown in Ottawa’s bustling ByWard Market neighborhood. This cozy, dark wood pub is one of five connected pubs — they’re all under one roof — that are known as The Irish Village.”

7. Corktown, Toronto, Ontario
 Corktown is an Irish enclave in Old Toronto where Irish immigrants settled in the 19th century.

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