St. Patrick’s Day Bigger in U.S. Than Ireland
St. Patrick's Day is March 17th and is celebrated here in America and overseas in Ireland. It of course originated in Ireland.
In Ireland it's a religious holiday because St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and is credited with bringing Christianity to the country. In Ireland this religious holiday is like Easter or Christmas here in the U.S. Kids don't have school and businesses close for the day.
Even though St. Patrick's Day originated in Ireland the celebration in America is mush bigger than in Ireland.
Now-a-days you can find a St. Patty's celebration in Ireland with parades, shamrocks and free flowing Guinness but mostly because tourists expected it.
Annual St. Patrick's Day parades began in New York City in March of 1762, not in Ireland.
On entangled.com there are more Irish living in the U.S. than Ireland and as the say on St. Patrick's Day...everyone has a little Irish in them.