Mentioning St. Patrick’s Day or simply Ireland in general will conjure up images of the things like the color green, shamrock, and people drinking merrily. While these are all true, there is more to this country and festival than meets the eye.

This is the feast day of Saint Patrick, the one who brought Christianity to Ireland. Because St. Patrick’s Day is nearing, we’re featuring the festivals that are going to take place in Dublin and in different parts of the world this year, as well as providing you bits of story that will give you a bit of knowledge on this world-famous Irish celebration.

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A little trivia: People in Ireland have been celebrating this festival since the 10th century, but it is in the United states where it was actually first celebrated. It was sometime in the 1760s when Irish soldiers based in New York who were serving in the army had a parade that honored their roots. Up to this day, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are still big in the U.S., as well as in other countries such as Canada and Australia.

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If you’re planning on celebrating the St. Patrick’s Day festivities, there are many customs and traditions that you must know of in order to have a grand time. You might already be aware of the common ones like wearing green, drinking beer, and lots of dancing, and an image of the shamrock practically everywhere you look, but you must also keep in mind that this is a day to express gratitude and respect for the St. Patrick’s works and teaching.

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This year, the St. Patrick’s Festival in 2012 in Dublin will have the usual grand festivities of music and dancing, and a celebration of the Irish culture in general. Then, the famous and breathtaking St. Patrick’s Day parade elaborate floats will once again wow audiences—they just keep on getting better each year, and this 2012 will certainly not disappoint. Also make sure that you go to a pub or two (or three or four, whichever your liver can handle) during these special days, as the Irish pubs are especially special at this time of the year.

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March 17 is the official day for St. Patrick’s Day, but in the Irish capital of Dublin, it will be celebrated for more than a day. For 2012, the St. Patrick’s Day Festival will happen from March 16 to March 19—days that will involve the traditional celebrations of parades, parties, and other festive activities. This year’s theme is science, so expect a lot of events that center on this idea, which will surely be loved by kids and adults alike.

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Ireland is beautiful in all days of the year, but there’s no denying that being here during one of the country’s most famous and beloved feasts will give you a richer, more exciting stay. Aside from celebrating the life and works of St. Patrick and giving thanks, this is also a great time to eat, drink, and be merry!

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