Is St Patrick’s Day the biggest celebration in the world? As landmarks across the globe light up in shining emerald splendour and people worldwide take to the streets in party mode, you’d certainly believe so. This little island at the westernmost edge of Europe is where it all began, and it's at the heart of global celebrations that honour our patron saint. From the artistic flair on display at Galway's St Patrick's Day parade, the Home of St Patrick Festival in Armagh and Downpatrick, and the huge week-long party that is St Patrick’s Festival in Dublin, spending time here around March 17 is something rather special. All you need for St Patrick's Day St Patrick's Festivals So you want to experience an authentic St Patrick’s Day? Coming to Ireland is really the only way – parades, pride and incredible heritage make it unique. The Home of St Patrick It all started with a small stone church in County Down. Follow Patrick’s journey around Ireland, as he went from a lonely slave to a snake-banishing saint. Global Greenings The London Eye, Niagara Falls, the Great Wall of China – these global landmarks are going green for everyone who can’t be in Ireland for St Patrick’s Day. St Patrick's Day Recipes A warming beef stew, a slice of soda bread slathered in butter, an Armagh apple tart drenched in caramel sauce. Get set for a real flavour for Ireland. St Patrick's Footsteps The story of St Patrick has captivated the world. Experience it for yourself with a journey that follows our patron saint’s path around the island. St Patrick's Day Facts What makes the colour green so important? Did Patrick really banish all the snakes from Ireland? Why March 17? We answer all your St Patrick's Day questions.