Bendigo sees green on St Patrick’s Day

FEELING LUCKY: Gary Wilson, owner of Irish pub the Brian Boru Hotel, gets into the spirit of St Patrick's Day. Picture: GLENN DANIELS
FEELING LUCKY: Gary Wilson, owner of Irish pub the Brian Boru Hotel, gets into the spirit of St Patrick's Day. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

EXPECT to see Guinness flowing green and shamrocks aplenty on Friday as the region celebrates St Patrick’s Day.

As well as being a celebration of Irish culture and heritage, the day is traditionally a commemoration of Ireland’s patron saint St Patrick and the arrival of Christianity.

Nowadays, it is reportedly the most widely celebrated national holiday in the world, and has even been marked on the International Space Station.

Many take full advantage of the occasion to proudly proclaim their Irish roots, no matter how far back they lie.

Among the local pubs that will celebrate the occasion is the Brian Boru Hotel, named after the last High King of Ireland.

Green has been associated with the holiday since the 17th century and it is said you’ll be pinched by a leprechaun if you are not wearing it.

It also ties in with the nickname of the Emerald Isle, a nod to Ireland’s verdant countryside.

Shamrocks are associated with the day because St Patrick is said to have used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagans.