Green beer for St Patrick's Day on 17 March
Taps will be flowing green at the World of Beer on 17 March in celebration of those who believe in shamrocks, shillelaghs and their patron saint, St Patrick.
It’s that special day of the year when anyone with Irish roots raises a glass or two to St Patrick (c. AD 385–461), patron saint of Ireland.
To go with your mug of green draught beer, there may even be some traditional Irish music to enjoy and an Irish dish on the menu at the pub at the end of the World of Beer tour, one of South Africa's top attractions. The tour is an interactive journey of discovery that shares the history of beer from its humble origins to the worldwide phenomenon it is today.
Saint Patrick's Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick Lá Fhéile Pádraig in Gaelic, is a cultural and religious occasion that has been celebrated by the Irish in Europe since the ninth and tenth centuries.
During the early 1600s, under the influence of Franciscan scholar Luke Wadding, St Patrick’s feast day was placed on the liturgical calendar in the Catholic Church, making it a holy day of obligation for Roman Catholics in Ireland.
St Patrick’s Day became an official Christian feast day in the early 1700s and has continued to be observed as such by the Catholic Church, thd Church of Ireland, the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Lutheran Church.
Today, 17 March is the day on which the Irish diaspora across the world celebrates St Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland – and Irish heritage and culture in general.
Celebrations take the form of public parades and festivals, as well as cèilidh, traditional Gaelic social gatherings at which folk music and dancing takes place at which green attire or shamrocks are worn.
Christians attend church services on the day and self-imposed restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol during the 40 days of Lent are lifted for the day, which leads to a great deal of partying.
Saint Patrick's Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Newfoundland and Labrador. It is also widely celebrated in Great Britain, the United States, Canada, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand.