Around the world, Saturday 17th of March will be celebrated as the national day of Ireland, St Patrick’s Day.
St Patrick’s Day is celebrated more than most cultural and national holidays around the globe! Cities close entire streets to hold national parades and landmarks are painted, dyed and illuminated in the colour green, a practise
not surprisingly known as “greening”. In the city of Chicago, USA an eco friendly green dye is released into the rivers, in London, UK, Trafalgar Square’s water fountains are dyed green and the parade usually finishes there and this year even Italy’s leaning tower of Pisa is being lit up green to celebrate the day for the first time.
One of the main reasons for the near global appreciation and celebration of St Patricks day is due to migration. In the 19th and early 20th century the industrial revolution changed the world. Communities began to move in the search for work and when they did they’d not only bring their culture but also their identities. Communities were set up in towns and cities around the world, Chinatowns and other neighbourhoods began to form as communities looked to support each other.
Just like other nationalities the Irish began to move, not only because of choice but because of necessity. The Irish emigrated all over the globe, from Europe to America, Asia to Australia, taking their culture and traditions with them.
Nowadays, St Patricks Day is celebrated around the world, by the Irish and non Irish alike, different nationalities, cultures and religions come together to celebrate a day of integration and celebration.
For the last century people have been relocating to find work, from country to country and continent to continent. This has been made ever easier by not only the globalised economy but the technology to support it as well. What would have taken a 10 day journey to cross the Atlantic now takes 10 hours (+ the delay in the flight lounge that we all come to expect), a letter that would have taken weeks to deliver and respond to has now transformed into interaction at a click of a button with email, Facebook and Skype . With a wide array of support from sources such as the Internet, Libraries and Consulates on the subject of migrating, there has never been an easier time to relocate.